Joy o’ Kanji


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: Joy o’ Kanji

In my weekly blog, JOK Notebook, I write about the joyful discoveries I constantly make in my study of kanji. I’m trying to entice people to fall in love with kanji, just as I have. To understand kanji, you need to know a great deal about Japanese culture, so I inevitably end up giving a lot of cultural context in my JOK Notebook posts.

JOK Notebook is just one facet of a much larger site, Joy o’ Kanji. With Joy o’ Kanji, I’m writing 1 essay about each of the 2,136 Joyo kanji. The site showcases these essays (which are for sale), as well as a lot of free content that I’ve written about kanji, helping to provide a map for this chaotic territory.

About this Japan blogger

I am a writer in Berkeley, California. A longtime Japanophile, I started learning Japanese in 2001. In 2009, Stone Bridge Press published my book, “Crazy for Kanji: A Student’s Guide to the Wonderful World of Japanese Characters.”  From 2007 through 2010 I wrote weekly Kanji Curiosity blogs for JapanesePod101.com.  I have spoken on public radio about my love of kanji.

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James’ Kanji Journey


Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: James’ Kanji Journey

This blog is a fascinating but gradual journey through the wonderful world of Kanji (Japanese Character) Writing.  So, join us for some fun experiences in learning how to read this amazing language.

About this Japan blogger

Founder of 2 Japanese Language Meetup groups that allow people to come together and practice speaking the Japanese language.  Author of  “Funny Kanji” (available on Amazon.com) which teaches how to read and write kanji in fun and amusing ways.

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