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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for students of Japanese with minor flaws, 24 Aug 1998
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This review is from: Kanji and Kana: A Handbook and Dictionary of the Japanese Writing System (No) (Paperback)
I purchased this book because of recommendation, and after doing so I can do nothing but congratulate the author and recommend it myself. The book contains all the 1945 Jou-you basic kanji plus and extra 284 kanji for official use in names. The 1945 basic kanji have uses, stoke order, different fonts (brush, pen and printed), pronounciation in both ON and KUN readings plus variations. Also included are a range on official examples in which the Kanji is used, which I find to be an essential feature. However, the 284 name kanji omit stroke order and a lot less detail and attention is payed to them. The book also contains 3 index systems by radical, stroke count and reading. However, I have found that some readings of a particular kanji are not shown, for example, the suffix '-tachi'. To solve this, you must look the kanji up in another index, proving that the multiple index's are essential. The book also provides a useful and helpful introduction that includes the background and origin of Japanese plus various uses of the kana; hiragana and katakana. In conclusion, a worthy purchase and if you haven't already done so, add it to your colleciton forthwith.
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