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May 7, 2012, 3:30 PM
Kanji was introduced to Japan nearly 2,000 years ago. It is said that 50,000 kanji characters exist, though only about 5,000 to 10,000 are commonly used. After W.W.II, the Japanese government designated 1,945 basic characters as "Joyo Kanji (commonly used kanji)," which is used in textbooks and official writings. In Japan, one learns about the 1006 basic characters from "Joyo Kanji," in elementary school. A lot of time is spent at school learning kanji.

It would be very helpful for you to learn all the Joyo Kanji, but the basic 1,000 characters are sufficient to read about 90% of the kanji used in a newspaper (about 60% with 500 characters). Since children's books use less kanji, they would be a good resource to practice your reading.


May 7, 2012, 3:30 PM
Japanese Writing
By Namiko Abe, Guide

Welcome to my free Japanese writing lessons. There are three types of scripts in Japanese: kanji, hiragana and katakana. The combination of all three is used for writing. Japanese characters are very different from those found in western alphabets. You might think it is hard to learn, but I think it is the most interesting and fun part of the Japanese language. Already confused? Don't worry; these free japanese lessons will help you to understand how to write Japanese, step by step.

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