Kanji Grouping


Since the number of kanjis are more than several thousands, in 1981, Japanese government had a decision of limitation of generally used Kanji letters as 1945. Later on these 1945 Kanjis are also became the number of Kanjis necessitated in order to pass Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 level exams. JLPT section in the website covers all needed information related with JLPT.

In 2010, more than this amount (About 2136 kanjis, known as The jōyō kanji (Literally “Regular-use Chinese characters”) was released by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

In language education in Japan these limited Kanjis are programmed to teach until the graduation from high school. But do not worry. This website does not have a target of getting all your time years and years. Here we will group the Kanjis as in Japanese education but in different time schedule. Just for information let’s show the categories in Grades below:

Tablo1As you see, when grouping the numbers become reasonable.

Although one year is predicted for teaching each grade steps, with daily and regularly studying it is possible to reach half of this table at the end of a six-month period.

This chart shows slightly more than a thousand kanjis. This number meets the needs required for JLPT N2 level as well.


The chart below gives you an idea how many kanjis make you feel in which level in terms of JLPT.

Tablo2When you start the engine it will be easy to get ahead.

You know, limit is you.



Learning kanjis has two parts. One, reading, the other shape.

Here we will not memorize the kunyomis or onyomis. Different readings according to the words the kanjis used will be gained in memory. You may think why the readings are so different. Sometimes the kanjis coming from China with original readings and the modified readings throughout the years bring out different readings of the same kanji letter. The distinction is for them not to mix, that’s why.

In following chapters, these readings are going to be shown just for information.

After general explanations let’s take a look at what kind of studying we should prefer in kanji learning. At the beginning we will prefer romaji letters to describe what is what. But explanations are going to be made in Hiragana and Katakana after basic levels are achieved. This should be preferred because in order to feel the shapes, readings, meanings, in short in Japanese way of writing and reading easily.

If you are ready, let’s begin.

1-Kanji Square and Stroke Orders

2-Grouping preferences 

a.       Pictographic displayable or illustrable ones,

b.      Kanjis with similar appearance,

c.     Any small story correlated ones, (Stories must be adopted to several kanjis and be adjusted for further usages)

d.      Derived ones (By using different kanjis or radicals),

e.       The ones used as prefixes or suffixes,

f.        The kanjis that have similar on reading or kun reading,

g.    The kanjis that have similar meanings or closely used for some topics.

A Sample Kanji Grouping