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Book Title: A Guide to Reading & Writing Japanese|
The author of the book: Florence Sakade
Edition: Tuttle Publishing
Date of issue: June 15th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780804833653
Format files: PDF
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This is a really great reference book for learning Kanji because most of the book demonstrates stroke order for the characters. The stroke order is in pen so it's pretty easy to follow.
The book is divided into:
--The 881 Essential Characters, each with stroke order, listed in an order determined by the Japanese Ministry of Education in relation to frequency of use and recommended for teaching in elementary schools. For example, characters 1-46 are for school grade 1, characters 47-151 are for school grade 2, etc.
--The 1850 General-Use Characters. These do not have stroke order, but the characters are listed according to number of strokes, which can be very helpful for looking up a character.
--Proposed changes of characters to be added, additional readings and simplified writings, and characters to be dropped (my edition is the 2nd revised edition, 56th printing, 1986).
--A Syllabary of katakana and hiragana, which shows the stroke order for katakana and hiragana characters, and sound changes and kana combinations in both kana and romaji.
--The Index of Readings, which is one of the most useful sections for me to be able to look up kanji.
It's not a book to learn Japanese, because in order to look up a character you need to already know the on-yomi or kin-yomi reading, or else be able to guess at the stroke number and search for the character in the 1850 General-Use Characters section where all the kanji is separated by stroke number. Either way, I've been able to find all the kanji I've come across in my Japanese studies and be able to find proper stroke order (or if it's only listed in the 1850 Characters section, to guess at it, which you can after you've written a bunch of kanji).
This book was given to me when I was in high school by one of my sparring partners (uke) at my aikido dojo, an adult (he must have been in his 20s or 30s) who knew I was studying Japanese. I've worn this book down so much that the pages are sticking together and the book jacket is torn. But this is a great book and incredibly useful now that I'm trying to relearn my Japanese.
There's an updated version (4th revised edition) with more Essential Characters and General-Use Characters, which I'm going to get so I can be more updated. But I'll always be grateful to this book for all my early Japanese studies.
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Read information about the authorThe late Florence Sakade is widely recognized as a pioneer of English language publishing in Japan. She was an experienced editor and the author/compiler of such favorites as A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese, Origami: Japanese Paper Folding, and Japanese Children's Favorite Stories. Her distinguished career spanned four decades, and she worked until her death in 1999 at the age of 82.
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