What is Mainichi-Kanji?Mainichi-Kanji, Japanese for everyday kanji, is a web site that assists you in learning the Japanese writing system.
Increasing your knowledge of written Japanese is as simple as visiting this site once a day. Every day during the week a new kanji (a Japanese character), complete with readings, meanings, and examples, is introduced.
On weekends the five kanji from the previous week are reviewed. Each time you visit the page on a weekend, one of the five five kanji you learned during the week is randomly selected and displayed. If you visit this site more than once on a weekend, you will see all the kanji from earlier in the week.
What is a kanji?Kanji is the part of the Japanese writing system, that consists of characters borrowed from the Chinese writing. A kanji refers to one single character of the kanji system.
Which kanji are introduced at Mainichi-Kanji?Mainichi-Kanji is designed for beginners. Thus we chose those kanji that Japanese school children learn first.
What knowledge about the Japanese langugage is necessary in order to use Mainichi-Kanji?To use Mainichi-Kanji you should be familiar with hiragana and katakana, the two relatively simple character sets of Japanese syllabic writing.
What are the readings for a kanji?Readings are possible pronunciations for a single kanji. Most kanji have more than one readings. The readings at Mainichi-Kanji are written with both the hiragana and katakana, the two character sets of Japanese syllabic writing. We have created an overview table for each character set:
Explanation of the displayed information
CharacterEach kanji is displayed in three versions:
ReadingsThese are the kanji's readings. Most kanji have more than one readings. On-readings (Chinese readings) are written in katakana, Kun-readings (Japanese readings) are written in hiragana.
MeaningsThe meanings, in English, that the kanji can have.
Stroke countThe number of strokes used for writing the kanji.
School yearThe school year in which the Japanese school children learn the kanji.
New NelsonThe index for the kanji in The New Nelson Japanese-English character dictionary
Classic NelsonThe index for the kanji in The Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary
UnicodeThe code according to the Unicode standard, a modern encoding standard that is used by many computer systems.
ExamplesWords that contain the introduced kanji. Next to the word its reading and meaning is displayed.