The Kanji Code

The Kanji Code is an innovative guide to learning the ON readings of kanji and the first major publication by Ocha Press, a small independent publisher of Japanese language resources based in Sydney, Australia. Scroll down for links to our recent virtual book reading and a free kanji lesson!

The Magic of the Keisei Moji (形成文字)

Learn about these common kanji characters which contain a meaning component (radical or 部首), and a sound component (phonetic component or 音符).

Kanji Intro Lesson

We’ve produced our first Youtube video. Improve your Japanese reading skills in 13 minutes by watching this short kanji lesson!
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Kanji Code card

The best way to learn phonetic components

I’ve been asked by a few readers about the best way to learn the information in The Kanji Code. Here is my answer. And a word of warning: it involves making flash cards!

Kanji is a puzzle. You just need to know the pieces.


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