Textbook To Learn Japanese Kanji

In 2015 while I was teaching Japanese at a high school in Delray Beach, Florida I finished crafting a rough draft of a textbook to teach Japanese characters (kanji) in an innovative way - using mnemonics. 

Yakitori's Kanji Stories workbook

I started the project because I had found using mnemonics effective to teach hiragana to my students. But I could find no resources for teaching kanji in the classroom setting (using mnemonics). 

And traditional methods of learning/teaching kanji were like torture. It was very frustrating.   


The workbook I drafted is a modification of the Heisig method from Remembering The Kanji. The goal is to adapt his method that is only for self-study into an approach that will work IN THE CLASSROOM 

(something that hasn't been done yet).

The textbook also has an online companion site http://japantree.benfii.com/kanji

and a youtube channel http://youtube.com/user/toritaiyo

This funding campaign will help further develop the printed paperback workbook into the next edition. 

Funds from the campaign will also make it possible to send sample copies of the textbook to Japanese teachers across the United States, for them to evaluate and consider using in their classrooms.


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Tori Johnson 
Pompano Beach, FL
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