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Remembering the Kanji 1, 6th Edition (2200 Kanji)

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This is a deck including all 2200 kanji of the book Remembering the Kanji 1, 6th Edition, by James W. Heisig. I was going to study this book and thought using Anki with it would be perfect, but lazy as I was, I looked for shared decks. I quickly figured out that many of the decks weren't complete, didn't suit my taste, or was from an older edition. So I decided to create this deck. The deck doesn't contain the primitive elements that are not themselves kanji. Every kanji links to a website containing stroke order, the Heisig story/comment and a few Koohii stories. Example: https://hochanh.github.io/rtk/%E8%A4%90/index.html The deck also contains fields for stories you want to type yourself. Here's a preview of the backside of the card: https://i.imgur.com/P1xjowv.png I created this deck by modifying this deck's card type: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/3528052324 Using mostly information from this website: https://hochanh.github.io/rtk/ Using stroke count and lesson number from this deck: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/217490318 Using kanji fonts from Matt VS Japan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wZZ6rkMDeE So most credit to those people. I just put it together how I liked it.

Sample (from 2200 notes)

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Alternative Kanji
Keyword Inter-
Stroke Count 9
Heisig Number 222
Lesson Number 10
Alternative Kanji
Keyword Dew
Stroke Count 21
Heisig Number 1377
Lesson Number 34
Alternative Kanji
Keyword Limb
Stroke Count 8
Heisig Number 771
Lesson Number 23

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A really nice pre-made deck for RTK that allows you to enter your own stories for each Kanji easily
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Good soup
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The best no BS RTK deck out there. Exactly what I needed, which was essentially just a template for me to put my stories onto in a good format. I personally chose to change a few things about the format to clean the card format up a bit, but as with anything in Anki, to each their own.

A couple very, very minor things I noticed when I went through to be aware of:
. There are a couple cards (at most) that are in the wrong order, usually switched around by 1 place. Not sure if that's to do with RTK editions or what.
. The infamous town and village were switched, but there were some other questionable keywords from Heisig that were left in. I've definitely changed a few dozen keywords. But again, this deck follows what the book says so it's not like the deck is at fault, it's simply my personal choice, however taking inspiration for keywords from jpdb's/kanji koohi comments proved handy for me.
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Marvelous work! Thank you.
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S+ Tier
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Great deck. Shame there’s no decent RTK 3 decks out like this.
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this is such a time saver, i honestly love it. especially the fact that there are four different fonts (including one that shows the right stroke order) PLUS each key word is essentially a link to koohii stories? genius. this deck feels like the only supplement to RTK you ever need.
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Perfect for practicing alongside the book
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Ready to use along side the book
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A perfect deck to help you to review RTK the way Heisig intended. I does not include any mnemonics, you need to use this deck alongside the book.
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Stories were probably written by a hentai-obsessed incel
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Good complete deck. Other deck seems to have more information included but this has everything you need for testing yourself.
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I find it useful
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Thanks a lot! Really helpful
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Great basic deck that gets things done according to RTK.

I'm in the progress of studying it, and found the following errors (will update as I go along):
The Kanji for the Heisig numbers 230 and 231 are swapped.
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Love that this deck doesn't overdo it with info, shows the kanji in a few different fonts/styles, and forces you to enter your own stories.
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This deck was a huge time saver for me because I didn't have to take the time to come up with the mnemonics! 10/10!
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Really helpful
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Nice work ! Thank you for creating this deck. :)
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legit perfect
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I only wish it included the RTK3 characters.
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Great resource that follows the text exactly.
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It shows different fonds of the kanji along with the stroke order. There is also a link for alternativ stories for every kanji.
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My first review was made in error. I mistook this card deck for a supplement to a completely different book and author. I thought it was (A Guide to) Remembering Japanese Characters by Kenneth G Henshall. I hope you can forgive me for the original poor review, which you can read here:

"Remembering the Kanji is an excellent study reference. However, this deck has no pronunciations, no historical/mnemonic explanations. This deck is only English to Written Kanji. It has lost all of the value of the Remembering the Kanji book. Actually we could say it has nothing to do with the book version as we could get the same info in this deck in a thousand other decks."

I'm changing my review to a positive but left the original review content above so that others who read this can understand the context of the conversation we have here.

The two books are very similar in title, cover art, and last name of author. Beyond that, they may be fairly different from what I am now beginning to understand. I remember Heisig's book years ago and passed it over at the bookstore for other books that seemed more comprehensive. Something about his method seemed lacking but I will admit that I have never gave it a fair shot. You (Anki Deck Card Maker) have explained Heisigs philosophy to me now and I can see based on what you've explained, that his approach certainly could have some merit. Certainly not as an end to itself, but as a foundational start (at least as you've described it). I'll be fair and give Heisig his fair chance. I just ordered a copy of the book and expect it to arrive tomorrow! I will also change my review to a positive one, since the mistake was mine. I thought we were talking about something else. My bad.

I'll just say that Henshall's book "Remembering the Japanese Characters" is super fantastic because it also includes storied mnemonics but these are based on etymological sources including many original characters and their historical derivitives, with an emphasis on actual Japanese phonetics that are intended to make it easier to remember as well as provide an accurate foundation of meaning for the characters.

I'm hoping that Heisig doesn't just make up his own stories or encourage students of his method to do this. I have seen a lot of books that promote that concept. It's useful for grinding through rote memorization but not so helpful for gaining the cultural, historical and idiomatic context that is needed to be truly fluent and literate in a language.

Anyway, here's to Heisig getting his chance.
And thanks to you for making a comprehensive deck to supplement his method,
And thank you for taking the time to explain the difference to me.

Best wishes to you.
Comment from author
Reading your comment made me both sad and a little happy. Sad that you didn't like it, but happy that the reasoning behind it makes no sense at all.
You say this deck has no pronunciations and so on and that it has lost all of the value of RTK. Well, actually, no.

If you owned the book, I would presume that you read the introduction to RTK. In this introduction he is literally explaining how to use the book and why he believes you should use it that way.

Heisig is of the belief that you should learn how to write and remember the kanji first. Nothing else at all. No readings, no pronunciations, nothing BUT the approximate meaning of the kanji and how to write it.
He believes that when you "know" the kanji (how it looks and the approximate meaning) THEN you can proceed to learn readings and so on.
His reasoning behind this is that he believes that your brain has an easier time learning something new and then applying it to something you already know, instead of learning everything at once. (he also bases this on his experience with Chinese people having a way easier time, compared to western foreigners, learning kanji, since they know most of them by looks and what their approximate meaning is)

Instead of learning how to write the kanji, read it with multiple readings, and possible multiple meanings at the same time, you split it up and learn some of it first and then afterwards it should in theory be WAY easier to learn readings and so on when you already know the approximate meaning and how it looks / is written.

So to sum it up:
My deck is literally exactly how Heisig wants you to study his book.
If you want readings, example words, historical/pneumonic explanations then you're not actually interested in RTK, instead just find another kanji deck focusing on those parts.

This is a quote from, Remembering the Kanji 6th ed., Introduction, by James W. Heisig, p. 10:
"In a word, it is hard to imagine a less efficient way of learning the reading and writing of the kanji than to study them simultaneously. And yet this is the method that all Japanese textbooks and courses follow. The bias is too deeply ingrained to be rooted out by anything but experience to the contrary."

Next time, don't leave a bad review of something that does exactly what it is telling you, instead move along and find what you need instead :)


No problem at all my friend! :)
When I first heard about Heisig's method I thought it was very weird since you don't learn the readings and etc. and as I was studying Japanese at university I needed to learn that as well.
I wanted to give the book a try since one of my senpai's recommended it to me. I knew around 500ish kanji when I began.
Before I went abroad to Japan to study I used this book for 2 months and I was amazed at the results.
Sure I didn't know the reading or anything else about the kanji for that matter, but I could remember them very well. Also I only studied the way Heisig recommends it, which is: You see the English keyword(and story), and based on that write the kanji.
Some people prefer the easier way, which is the reverse: You see the kanji, and then write the English keyword.
After 2 months I had studied around 800 kanji with close to 90% recall rate.
When I landed in Japan I was so happy that I could see so many kanji in the wild that I knew. Sometimes I might see a compound and not know the reading or meaning, but since I knew the kanji by them selves, it was so easy to learn their readings and meaning as a compound.

I think Heisig's method is good, but not for everyone. If you know nothing about kanji I think it's good to learn the first couple of hundreds with the book so you learn how stroke order and radicals work, but if you try to learn all in one go before learning anything else I think you will burnout really quickly.
Also Heisig does make up his own stories at first, and then later on you have to do them yourself. This is nice imo, since I
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This deck is awesome.
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Great deck.
Anyone know how alternate shwoing the kanji first sometimes, and showing the english word sometimes? (like a 'basic and reverse' card).
Currently the deck is set up for learning writing skills, i also want to test my reading ability.
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I like the hyperlink!
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Good deck! The hochanh link is back https://hochanh.github.io/rtk/
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Excellent work, thank you for this resource. Also, I have used it since the beginning of the year. A couple of weeks ago, the hyperlink on koohi story stopped working. It seems like the address change (you have to add -search after rtk in the web address). I am not sure how to solve this and whether it can be amended all at one for all the cards. Please let me know if I am the only one with this issue.
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This has all the resources I need, amazing work.

Only the hochanh.github.io link needs to be updated, from /rtk to /rtk-search.
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Great deck, I am working through the book now and this is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.
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Best RTK deck, has features I didn't even think of.

Minor detail:
On iOS, Anki shows an underline under the keyword because it's a link.
I found this a bit annoying, so I fixed it by adding "a {text-decoration: none; }" to the card's styling in case anybody else is interested.
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Awesome deck that follows the book!
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Thank you so much for creating this deck, it's been perfect for me.

Will you be making a deck for book 3? I'm coming to the end of book 1 and sad to see the lack of quality decks for the remaining 800 or so Kanji.

Oh! I've also been working on trying to recreate your deck for RTK 3 (I wasn't sure if you would continue). I've created an excel document that contains all of the RTK3 (800) Kanji with their keyword, stroke count and hesig number. I wasn't sure what to do about "alternative kanji" as I couldn't see alternative kanji in the book, instead there are "old forms" and "modern abbreviations" but I think these aren't important for the anki card.

Would you be interested in this file?

EDIT: Here's a link to the file: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1q9VNWnDDeC2X2XnuzV0uJ_JSV3IkS1Oo/view?usp=sharing

I obtained the Kanji and keywords from an Excel document created by hochanh.github.io and the strokes by creating a programme to scrape the strokes from Jisho.org. I also own the book and have checked kanji at random to make sure the data is accurate. I have not checked every kanji but I believe everything should be 99% correct.
Comment from author before post was edited
You're welcome!

I actually already did some of the work for a deck similar to this, but made for RTK 3.
If I'm fast I'll probably have it finished before the end of this month :)
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This deck is not as good as others available.
- It does not contain any Koohii stories
- There are some typos (and even two Excel errors, #NAME? and #NAVN?)
- Some of the cards are not in the correct order of the 6th edition
It's decent enough, but some improvements are needed for this to be on par with others.

Edit: I found the errors by writing a script to compare this to data I scraped from hochanh's website (https://hochanh.github.io/rtk/)
Sorry I can't give specific examples, I assembled my deck a few months ago and can't remember exactly what the errors were
I think the reason why the excel errors were in this deck is because the words they corresponded to had special characters in them (maybe it started with a hyphen? I forget) so it must have snuck in when you were creating the deck
Comment from author before post was edited
You can see koohii stories when you click on the keyword and then choose which one of those stories you like the most. Just copy and paste it into the deck.

Also, would you mind telling me where you found the errors?
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Very useful deck, thank you very much !
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Great deck
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This one:


is a better finished version and more alongside what I was looking (doing MIA/AJATT)
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You have no idea how grateful I am for this!
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Great deck.Thank you for putting so much effort into it. It is very comprehensive. I modified it slightly to include a Recognition card type in addition to the Recall card type, to help me learn them better. I also added typing in the answer, for a little more interaction. Overall, an excellent deck.
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Fantastic and well made
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Such a time saver! I used to make my own decks after each RTK lesson, which made the sessions so much more time consuming.

Thank you so much for doing the work for us! You shall be remembered.
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So needed and helpful!
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A list of all the main Kanji. Just what I was looking for.
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Simple, couldn’t ask for more
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Very good
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Do really need to say a reason? it's kanji, grab it while you still can!
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This is the perfect deck for me. Doesn't have anything more or anything less than I need.
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Thank you so much, :)
Very very simple and easy to understand.
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i think is great
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Follows the book exactly, just what I was looking for
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Great Deck - follows the book exactly.

It would be nice if the deck was sub-divided into the lessons, so I could focus just on the lessons that I have completed so far, but it's a minor nitpick :-)
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quite simply, an elegant deck for reviewing the 2200 kanji from RTK 6. shows 4 different font formats on backside including a stroke order but doesn't have too much information. each front page/keyword has a link to a website with heisig's own stories as well as user stories which are very helpful if you're having trouble coming up with your own.
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Bury all cards, then unbury them as you progress trough the lessons.
Hard time remembering a Kanji ? Insert your own story by editing the card.

This is the perfect deck for RTK, with no errors so far.

Thank you, author !
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-Add your own stories
-Answer using the kanji, not the keyword
-Original order
This is actually a flawless deck, thank you very much for creating it.
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super helpful, goes in right order, love that it links to a page with more info
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This is exactly what I was looking for. Plus the description is nice. You know exactly what your getting. No complaints great. There was one bug with the kanji for "-times" but you can easily fix that yourself.
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You're a star!
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Its just a really good kanji deck that mirrors rtk
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Thank you!
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Goes in correct order
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My favorite deck! Thank you!
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Good resource and life-saver
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super thorough
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Yes, finally! I had the same problem with the decks as you.
Time to start the grind.
Comment from author
Good luck!
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A fluent god among men
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I like that it gives you the stroke order in the details, and a link to give you a few of the readings and a drawing diagram. A downside for me would be that there are no example words. Also on Anki mobile the images in this deck seem to take time to load and you can crash the app if touch the screen before they finish loading.
Comment from author
I chose not to include example words, as I wanted to learn how to remember the kanji. Instead, I use another deck for studying vocabulary. I think that is more efficient since I learn the reading of kanji at my reading level, instead of learning words and kanji compounds way above my level.
But I'm glad that you like the deck!
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Thank you so much for sharing this deck.
Fabulous job!
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WOW This is what I needed
Comment from author
Good to hear that others can make a use of it :)