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Over Japanese Kanji And Kana Mnemonics is a book that aims to help people learn and remember the multitude of Japanese symbols and writings. The Japanese kanji are of two types – Hiragana and Katakana. People of other countries often find it hard to learn how to recognise and distinguish the different kanji symbols. Graphix helps readers by pointing out the easiest methods to memorise the numerous kanji symbols and their designs.

In Japan, children are made to practise kanji repeatedly until the alphabets are etched firmly into their minds. This book, on the other hand, uses a mnemonic-based approach that makes learning kanji easy and enjoyable.

The author seeks to ease the burden of learning a new language by using a visual approach. The chapters are organised according to themes like power, plant and tree. This book makes learning a tough language, Japanese, fun and easy. How does one learn kanji, the characters of written Japanese?

The traditional approach is pift-o-graphix memorization. Japanese children write each kanji hundreds of times at their desks, and eventually they are acquired. Michael Rowley offers a different way, a mnemonic-association approach that provides a hook on which to hang the meaning and retrieve it easily when the kanji comes into view.

The concept is simple: Organized thematically in chapters such as “Power,” “Places,” “Tools,” “The World,” “Food,” “People,” and “The Body,” Rowley’s book lets you learn the root symbols before ipct-o-graphix the words that add to them kajni further meanings. For example, the pict-o-graaphix for water is a splatter of three dashes that Rowley pictures as three splashing water drops.

Later, you see that steamfloatboildirtand bathe all build on the water character.

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For steam, there’s the water character plus a series of lines that Rowley exaggerates to resemble swirling, vapory tendrils, and the association helps. Building on units of memory and relationship, recall is aided considerably by the simple yet evocative drawings.

Rowley even manages to help with the hiragana and katakana syllabaries, providing appealing pictures that look a bit like the letters in question and begin with the same sounds. So the na letter looks like a knot, kanki resembles Rowley’s drawing of noodles held by chopsticks, and it’s easier to remember which symbol means te when you picture a telephone pole.

It’s hard to do Rowley’s book justice with words, since the visual element is what makes it tick. He does a wonderful job, blending insight, imagination, and drawing technique, in a book that far surpasses the old rote method, making kanji learning both appealing and accessible. Michael Rowley has created a visual vocabulary that is striking and, most importantly, memorable. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

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Kanji Pict-o-Graphix: Over 1, Japanese Kanji and Kana Mnemonics by Michael Rowley

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Write a product review. Showing of 1 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This book presents approximately 1, kanji characters, along with mnemonics designed to help you memorize the meanings.

For example, on the cover, the book suggests that the character for “stop” looks like a policeman saying “stop!

For example, the character for “horse” really looks like a horse. You shouldn’t need any help noticing that.

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The book twists the character into a different, and much less plausible, horse. It is much more useful.

Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. At first you’ll be flipping to the notes in the appendix every verse-end for some tiny bit of extra info that should have been printed in-line one really common note could have been done with a tiny icon right there in the entry kanji. Then you’ll be flipping back and forth through the book for some radical or component kanji that should have been introduced earlier in the book than the entries that depend on it that’s just common sense and a common courtesy.

By this stage you’ll have several fingers stuck in several places in the book just to get to the bottom of a lot of the kanji.

But sometimes the radical or component is right there on the same page; it’s just ordered AFTER some kanji that depend on it, so you’ll already have gone through the process of being bemused for a while before finally getting to the tiny bit of info that could have saved you the trouble.

Oh, and at the start of the book, the reading order is top-to-bottom, left-to-right then it changes to left-to-right, top-to-bottom for no discernible reasons. Then you’ll start to see that a lot of the notes are actually not in the appendix at all!

And then that a lot of the references to radicals or components are mis-numbered, sometimes they’re one or two off, or 10 off, or you just can’t find them. In the end, you’ll find that around half of the notes and references are dead-ends and you’ll start to shake your head whenever you see one, and put your chances at that it’ll be a waste of time looking them up.

Then you’ll realize that some of the references are not factored correctly, and that a lot of the visuals are unintelligently chosen or just wrong-headed and distracting.

One idea is to rotate a kanji 90 degrees and print that right next to the correct one, as if doing so will somehow help and not just imprint the wrong, and confusing, thing into your mind. This book’s heart is in the right place but it’s just so frustratingly badly executed. It’s not completely useless hence two starsbut it’s pretty close. It was only my love of Japanese that gave me the strength to wade through this mess. Rowley, you need to rethink your book, reorder it, refactor it, get it proofread and checked for errors, get some other intelligent and imaginative collaborator to check your work, and get the copious lazy and inexcusable errors out of there and try again.


A disgrace, really, for the price. Although the back cover boasts that this book can help you “Learn Kanji through Pictures”, I would say that, on its own, Kanji Pict-O-Graphix cannot do that. The method of using radicals the seperate components that form the kanji and pictures to help you memorise a kanji can sometimes aid in helping you recognise the Kanji when you see it, however it does not teach you how to draw them, and you may forget the order in which the primitives go in a certain kanji.

This book also includes more meanings than RTK, and has little phrases that can help you remember the multiple meanings, which is useful. It also mentions the On and Kun readings of the kanji, which RTK doesn’t do, and so if you’re planning to learn some of the pronunciations of the kanji then it can help with that. Personally, I am planning to learn the pronunciations afterwards by studying vocabulary, but it is a useful tool nonetheless.

One thing I will say is that I really liked the aesthetics of the book. Rowley has very stylised artwork which I enjoy looking at and is what encouraged me to buy the book. Even despite my limited use of it, I am still happy with my purchase as it is a visually pleasing book to add to my Japanese collection, and when I feel like it I can still browse through and look at the charming little picture’s Rowley has drawn.

TLDR; Basically, if you’re planning to buy this book thinking it will help you completely memorise all kanji and be able to read them, write them, and pronounce them, then I wouldn’t reccommend it. It is an alright book but it is very unorganized and sloppy. Many of the mnemonics are just purely silly.

The author put in too many characters in the book with out the help of an english glossary. What good is the book with an English glossary. He expects the reader to learn it his way going page by page and learning them incrementally.

Most of us have 9 to 5 jobs and do not learn this way and so when I am learning ‘slowly’ and at my own pace, it would make sense to have an English glossary to quickly reference a word or character. I have to have about over 50 language books and they all have an English glossary. Luckily I bought the book used for 50 cents but I would be very displeased if I paid the retail price, and would return this immediately.

It real easy to use and picture use in the book are sometime a little funny. If your learning Japanese then this book should be among your collection of study guides. Very fun way to learn kanji!! You have to been highly motivated to make this book work for you, however.

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