This is a one of a kind kanji study guide that introduces joyo kanji along with detailed, authentic notes about the historical development of each As useful as it is fascinating, it s a book any new or aspiring Japanese language scholar will visit over and over In clear, large sized entries, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters details each of the General Use Characters In clear, large sized entires, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters details each of the General Use Characters the , characters prescribed by the Japanese Ministry of Education for everyday use Both Japanese readings and English meanings are given, along with stroke count and stroke order, examples of usage, and suggestions for memorizing The components of each character are detailed The Japanese kanji are graded according to Ministry of Education guidelines, allowing the student to prioritize them and track progress It will appeal to students seeking to learn kanji as well as Japanese language enthusiasts who want to know the history and etymology of Japanese kanji This book includes Origins and meanings of over , characters Beautifly hand drawn kanji Additional compound characters for each featured character valuable suggestions and mnemonic devices for memorizing characters All the standard characters official designed for common use Comprehensive and clear, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters makes Japanese writing accessible to everyone wishing to learn Japanese Even though I make use of the Heisig volume and even though I reverted to the French 500 Kanji tango book to get rolling, this remains my fave.It has downsides a lack of Katakana for the ON readings but a decent set of indices at the back.What I do is cross reference entries with pencil marginalia annotations and I pencil in the Unicode value from my flashcard app or from Denshi Jisho web page.I still prefer my mnemonics but while Heisig has entries and arguably a better organization Henshall has good etymology info.What Henshall does well is organiize each school year of kanji by ON reading.TIP i pencil smudge mark the ends of the book to show each ODD block of 100 entries and then mark each 50 with a bar in another colour the RESULT I often land on the page of the kanji by ENTRY number Henshalll number not page number At worst the end pages indexing lnds me within two pags of my target.I also mark by school year step wise on th end pages It takes only a few minutes N harm is done to a book that you should wear out with use Cross referencing as an activity seems almost as effective as mnemonics I see a kanji in Henshall Don t I know another kanji with I use single barb arrows forward and back with ENTRY numbers as well as CP and CF with entryy numbers for Compare and Confer.Some kanji I give a list of Henshalll numbers for cognates.You should find that th cross references start to reach past that 900 mark, then 1200 and finally to that 1,945th The end page wear also shows your progress as you cannot make good use of this book without wear so do not buy used unless CLEAN of marks.And whatever you do, after 6 months of use, DON T LOSE your COPY Ditto for the longer Heisig, if that is to your taste I find many of his mnemonics sophomoric or worse As you likely know, a mnemonics book is no substitute for a KANA order Furigana dictionary and a KANA order kanji dictionary This book is a learning tool, not just reference But the ON reading order n Henshall is in KANA order not Latin alphaber order t least within each grade level.Heisig is ordered by his version of the Bushu radicals With time, I find I use it now it is just often not to my taste as a source of mnemonics.My opinion if you find a mnemonic too dumb, you may not want to saddle your memory with it Kanji are gorgeous and deserve mnemonics worth rememberng What Henshall etymologies do is let me judge when my own mnemn9c may be too misleading abut the nature of the character e.g his hints about features that hint at the pronunciation. This is by some way the best book for memorising kanji I have come across, particularly if you have a visual memory The short history of how each Kanji evolved makes it a fascinating book too The way that it is organised possibly make it less efficient if you are trying to use it as a dictionary than other Kanji aids but as it does not claim to be a dictionary it is unreasonable to mark it down for this. This book is a Fact filled book, but not at all a Guidebook.It is a list of kanji with facts about them.The method of learning is to use the authors VERY confusing memorizing sentences Such as The kanji for Build is suggested to be remembered by a stupid sentence BUILD WITH WORDS, DESPITE HAMMER IN HAND The book contains a ton of these utterly silly sentences, and the authors imagination seems to stop working, and then he makes up even strange and confusing sentences.This book is a small encyclopedia of modern japanese Kanji, but NOT A GUIDE TO REMEMBERING I have done quite a bit of real scientific research concerning Learning kanji for non japanese, based on psycholinguistic facts A university paper, that is And I can honestly say, like anyone with a bit of knowledge in learning and Japanese linguistics THIS book will not make you any Wiser Unless you want to use it as a Kanji Facts book, and there are many kanji facts books dictionaries that does the job better Trust me. Je parle couramment l anglais et suis habitu e aux ouvrages grammaires, dictionnaires anglo japonais dans cette langue Je pensais que a ne poserait pas plus de probl me ici N anmoins, les aides mn motechniques s av rent inop rantes car les recoupements de sens utilis s ne sont pas transposables en fran ais Evidemment, me direz vous mais je n y avais pas pens D autre part, les r f rences l historique en chinois ancien, qui tient la majeure partie de chaque article, est galement beaucoup trop pointu pour moi C est culturellement tr s int ressant mais ne rel ve pas, mon niveau, de l ouvrage usuel Ca ne m aide aucunement retenir les kanjis modernes.A r server aux anglophones et ou aux rudits sinologues.Tout ceci n enl ve rien la qualit du produit, mais il ne correspond pas mes besoins. Beim Lernen der Kanji f llt mir das Einpr gen leichter, wenn ich die Hintergrundgeschichte Ethymologie dazu lese.Lesarten, Herkunft, Beispielverwendungen finde ich sehr sch n beschrieben.Ist die Herkunft nicht eindeutig bekannt, wird dies erw hnt.Die Abbildungen der Kanji selbst ist detailliert und gro genug f r meine Augen.Das Einzige was mir fehlt ist die Strichfolge.Ein Merksatz zu jedem Kanji wird erw hnt, als Eselsbr cke, um sich das Zeichen besser zu merken steht aber nicht immer in Zusammenhang mit der Wortherkunft. Ottimo Very detailed guide Helped me a lot Arrived on time and as eescribed Good notes to remember kanji, lists most of the kanji needed for JLPT tests But it s really big, so a portable ebook would be nice.