Jun 10, 2011

Permitted and Inhibited Directions in Kanji Basic Strokes

CJK (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) strokes are usually consisted of 8 basic strokes and 29 other complex strokes, so total no. of strokes is 37. Refer wikibooks site of "Simplified Chinese Writing Strokes".

But parts of hook are always shorter than main strokes, so the hooks could be omitted in case of web-based Kanji recognition as shown in the following figures. Moreover, Japanese Kanji strokes for handwriting recognition are simplified and reduced to 5 basic strokes and 10 other complex strokes, so total no. is 15. The details of complex are described in later blog.

5 directions of basic strokes of "NE, E, SE, S and SW" are permitted for Kanji handwriting recognition. But the other 3 directions of "W, NW and N" are inhibited as the following figure. The directions of "NE, E, SE, S and SW" are named as "T, H, N, S and P" for Kanji dictionary, respectively.

NPress downみぎはらい
SshùVertical (South)たて
Ppiě Throw awayひだりはらい

For examples, Kanji handwriting recognition such as "小,九" does not demand hook's input for accuracy. The inhibited directions of basic strokes are important knowledge for Kanji learning.

Permitted and Inhibited Directions in Kanji 小

Permitted and Inhibited Directions in Kanji 九

Jun 5, 2011

How to Setup Japanese Educational Font for IE9?

Educational font is suitable for Japanese learning than Ming font  such as Hiragana and Kanji examples of "き,さ,な,ふ,ら,八,人,入".  If you already installed MS Office, you can easily setup educational font  for your web browsing using PC.

きさなふら八人入: 教科書体

Please setup the following procedures for IE9 educational font.
  1. Tools (ツール)
  2. Internet Options (インターネットオプション)
  3. General (全般)
  4. Fonts (フォント)
  5. Language Script : Japanese (日本語)
  6. Webpage Font : HG Educational Text Font (HG教科書体)
  7. OK
An example of the details are as follow. 

setup for educational font for IE9: 教科書体フォント設定

Click to view larger image.

Try to access for Hiragana educational fonts (教科書体ひらがなフォント).

May 25, 2011

Bookmark to Home Screen on iPad2 Using QR Code for Japanese Kanji Learning (2nd Post)

How to quickly bookmark to home screen on iPad2 using QR code camera scanning application for Japanese learning? Please read the following instructions.

(1) Scan QR Code(2) Click "Add to Home Screen"

(3) Edit Bookmark Message(4) Overview of Home Screen

QR Code Reader is available for iPad 2, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G as follows.

QR Code Reader App
iPad 1NG
iPad 2OK
iPhone 3/3GNG
iPhone 4OK
iPod Touch 1/2/3GNG
iPod Touch 4GOK

May 7, 2011

Bookmark to Home Screen on iPhone/iPad Using QR Code for Japanese Kanji Learning

How to quickly bookmark to home screen on iPhone4 or iPad2 using QR code camera scanning application for Japanese learning? Please read the following instructions.

QR Code for "Associative Kanji Learning"


(1) Scan above  QR Code(2) Click "Open URL"

(3) Click Right Icon at Bottom(4) Click "Open in Safari"

(5) Click Center Icon at Bottom(6) Click "Add to Home Screen"

(7) Edit Bookmark Message(8) Overview of Home Screen

Apr 28, 2011

Useful Browsers for Japanese Kanji Learning

(1)If you get the following message for kanji hand writing, please use latest browsers such as IE9, Safari, Chrome and FireFox for HTML5.

(2)You can download IE9 for Japanese version from "http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/home" since Apr. 26, 2011.

(3)Setup User-agent for IE Version 9.

Select F12 Developer Tools for User-agent Switcher

Set Browser Mode for IE9Set Document Mode for IE9

(4)Associated Kanji Learning and Kanji Matching Quizzes Using IE9

Reading and Meaning Matching Quizz

(5)Kanji Practice for Tracing and Free Writing Using IE9

Error Hand-Tracing for 女 Hand-Writing for 男

(6) Katakana Hand Writing Practice Using IE9

Katakana Table Error Hand-Tracing for ヤ

(7) Hiragana Hand Writing Practice Using IE9

Hand-Tracing for さ  Hand-Writing for お

Mar 12, 2011

System is Up, Again

Our system was stopping for 3 days because of power down on Mar. 11th, 2011.
Again the system was stopping for 1 day by erthquaque on Apr. 7, 2011.
Now the system is available for your kanji learning.

Feb 13, 2011

Handwriting Practices for Hiragana and Katakana

Your tracing Japanese Katakana and Hiragana letters by your finger or mouse on the screen are automatically judged as correct or incorrect by recognition engine.

Please click for Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji hand-writing.

Also click for Hiragana or Katakana hand-tracing.
The following table is for Hiragana tracing.

The following is an example of Hiragana hand-tracing.
If you want to use educational Hiragana font, please read this blog.

Please click here for "き" hand-tracing.

Jan 30, 2011

Which are Better to Learn Japanese Language Using Web or Native Apps?

Native apps are better for independent learning. But web apps are more better to use for blended learning at class and home. Student's operations for apps are same at class in the era of cloud computing.

ApplicationsWeb AppsNative Apps
Blended Learning
Independent Learning
Home and Class
Personal Use
Home Use
Class Use
Installation of Apps

The following example is one of web apps.

Jan 13, 2011

Kanji Handwriting Practices for Android

Kanji Handwriting Practices for Android in no template mode.
For changing of template mode, click the following "List" button.

Display format is same for both iPhone and Android as the following example of Docomo HT-03A.

  • Back: Back one stroke.
  • Input: Input a correct kanji from a text box.
  • Again: Write a new kanji, again.

Jan 11, 2011

Jan 9, 2011

Kanji Learning Using Wii at Living Room

If you have Nintendo Wii, please connect it to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
Then you can play Kanji quizzes using the Wii at your living room.

(1)Click one item of English meaning and ON/KUN reading at right side.

(2)Click one corresponding Kanji item at left side.

(3)After selecting 5 items, you must click a button of "Check Kanji Answer". 

Handwriting Practices

Handwriting practices for Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji using iPhone, iPad or PC

Your mouse/finger-writing strokes are automatically judged to correct or incorrect using our web application of recognition engine. 

Please upgade your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for iOS4.2.

Jan 8, 2011

What is "Kanji Science"?

Kanji learning is very hard for Japanese learners. But, if you study "Kanji Science" at your first step, you can easily learn Kanji.