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This is the kanji deck created by It is actually a slightly modified version of this deck. Details about what has changed and the reasons can be found here. I give ridiculously detailed instructions on the recommended usage of this deck in this post: Hacking the Kanji - How to Learn Kanji Easily and Remember Them Permanently, so extra cool kids might want to check that out. Keep swimming, and good luck in your studies! Niko

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id 2049
frameNoV4 1900
frameNoV6 2049
keyword steam
constituent steam, flowers, helping hand, complete, water, one, floor, oven-fire, barbecue
strokeCount 13
lessonNo 51
heisigStory The flower at the top and the floor with the oven fire beneath are familiar. The problem is what comes in between. It is formed by the character for complete, whose vertical stroke doubles up as the first stroke of water.
koohiiStory1 Think of a picture of someone steaming vegetables. On top you see the flowers of cauliflower or something else that is being steamed. Underneath, the pan is completely full of water. Below the pan is a floor - that's the hotplate - and under that the oven fire. Caution: don't confuse with boil (#1257), or the steam radical in spirit (#1885).
koohiiStory2 When you want to steam some flowers/vegetation you don't cover them completely with water, rather you have just a little at the floor of the saucepan and then heat.
jouYou 6
jlpt 2
onYomi ジョウ、セイ
kunYomi む.す、む.れる、む.らす
words 蒸留(じょうりゅう): distillation蒸気(じょうき): steam, vapour蒸発(じょうはつ): evaporation, unexplained disappearance水蒸気(すいじょうき): water vapour, steam蒸し暑い(むしあつい): humid, sultry蒸す(むす): to steam, poultice, be sultry
readingExamples 蒸す (む.す), 蒸らす (む.らす), 蒸れる (む.れる)
Tags JLPT_2 Jouyou_6
id 914
frameNoV4 851
frameNoV6 914
keyword entrails
constituent entrails, moon, month, flesh, part of the body, storehouse, flowers, parade, retainer, slave
strokeCount 19
lessonNo 25
heisigStory Part of the body . . . storehouse.
koohiiStory1 You signed your organ donor card, right? So, when you die, your entrails and other body parts will be placed in a storehouse.
koohiiStory2 Again with the Pyramids, each Pharaoh had their entrails taken out and put into little jars that were shaped in the forms of their Gods and entombed along with the preserved body. So, the entrails are the parts of the body that are placed in the storehouse along with the Pharaoh! Damnit, why can´t they always be this easy? :(.
jouYou 6
jlpt 2
onYomi ゾウ
kunYomi はらわた
words 内臓(ないぞう): internal organs, intestines, viscera心臓(しんぞう): heart
Tags JLPT_2 Jouyou_6
id 1208
frameNoV4 1127
frameNoV6 1208
keyword place
constituent place, door, one, ceiling, flag, axe
strokeCount 8
lessonNo 31
heisigStory Door . . . ax.
koohiiStory1 You outsiders better learn your place! An axe stuck in the door when you get home is a pretty good indicator that this might not be the best place for you.
koohiiStory2 A place for everything and everything in its place. To the right of the door is the standard place for the axe.
jouYou 3
jlpt 3
onYomi ショ
kunYomi ところ、-ところ、どころ、とこ
words 所謂(いわゆる): the so-called, so to speak箇所(かしょ): passage, place, point, part所在(しょざい): whereabouts所持(しょじ): possession, owning所々(しょしょ): here and there, some parts (of something)所属(しょぞく): attached to, belong to所定(しょてい): fixed, prescribed所得(しょとく): income, earnings所が(ところが): however, while, even if所で(ところで): by the way, even if, no matter what余所見(よそみ): looking away, looking aside個所(かしょ): passage, place, point, part所為(せい): act, deed, one´s doing短所(たんしょ): defect, demerit, weak point, disadvantage長所(ちょうしょ): strong point, merit, advantage停留所(ていりゅうじょ): bus or tram stop所々(ところどころ): here and there, some parts (of something)場所(ばしょ): place, location便所(べんじょ): toilet, lavatory, rest room, latrine名所(めいしょ): famous place役所(やくしょ): government office, public office余所(よそ): another place, somewhere else, strange parts近所(きんじょ): neighbor hood事務所(じむしょ): office住所(じゅうしょ): address台所(だいどころ): kitchen所(ところ): place
readingExamples 所 (ところ)
Tags JLPT_3 Jouyou_3

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Actually the best and most complete deck about Kanji
Posted on 2017-06-08

I have to thank the author for the hard work of putting everything together.
But my review is actually addressed to negative reviews, that are based upon ignorance about the Anki app:
(1) all cards HAVE info about the kun/on-yomi readings, and you CAN show it indeed.
(2) you DO NOT NEED go to the Edit page if you want to see all the stories each time you flip a card.
(3) with some step you could also modify it so to be a keyword -> kanji deck (or onyomi -> keyword, or everything you want)

Anki is a highly-customizable tool, with a lot of features and wonderful add-ons you could explore; here I'm going to explain how to implement just these 3 simple changes.
Go to "browse" and select this deck (on the left). You see all the fields? (id/frameNoV4/frameNoV6/keyword/....) These are all info about cards, a lot of info... but not everything has been chosen to show up when you flip cards. However you can modify this behavior in 2 simple steps.
Let's say you want to train kun/on-yomi readings:
it is sufficient to click on the "Cards..." button and you'll see the HTML code to format front and back of cards; in the "back template" window you can simply uncomment the lines about kun/on readings, and also stories if you want (a comment starts with "<!--" and ends with "-->").
This changes apply to the format of all the cards, and can be done very quickly.
The 3-rd point need a little more effort: basically you need to download the "Create Copy of Selected Cards" Add-On ( ) and copy this deck to a new deck I'll call the "Inverse", so that your old deck is untouched.
Now you can browse to the Inverse deck, click the "Cards..." button, and swap the content of the "Front Template" with that of the "Back Template" windows, making sure to *comment out* everything except the keyword (or everything you want to keep).
That's all, ガンバレ!

the never ending story
Posted on 2017-06-01

I went through all 2200 Kanji and made flash cards of every single one. This took forever, but it was so helpful on my beginning of learning this system. Thank you! :)

Posted on 2017-05-13

thank you for your efforts. helped me a lot. looking forward to use it.

so good
Posted on 2017-05-12

so good so good i fell good yeahhh

Started this deck !
Posted on 2017-01-31

So far so good!
This is my first time trying RTK and it's been fun so far.
I'm not sure why people give bad reviews when it says "it's used with the instructions from nihongoshark". People need to read before reviewing ' -'
Anyway, anyone knows which edition of RTK I need for this deck? I assume the 6th edition but I want to be sure.

Deck skips several kanji.
Posted on 2017-01-10

This Deck is just great and easy to customize. I reached halfway the 2200 kanji in about 2.5 months. In the meantime to got the Heisig RTK book and I will take a break in order to only review the first half of the deck before going forward.

However I have 2 questions to ask.

1. Regarding my earlier question about the Deck skipping Kanji's when there is a greater number than 2200 in the Field of *frameNoV4*, I figured out a way to reposition the due order of the Cards and avert to problem. But I still do not know why the skipping occurred in the first place.

2. Regarding my second question about wanting to make a list or deck of the primitives of RTK from the Kanji Deck and the Heisig RTK1 V6 book, I came across this RTK1 V6 chart: which may function as base to set up my list of primitives and related meaning.

Both the RTK method and this Deck are excellent ways to attempt conquering the Kanji. Thanks.

Pretty good
Posted on 2016-12-16

I had some difficulties along the way but I'm almost done, and it works really well for me.

As a response to the comment below
Posted on 2016-10-17

All the points you talked about in your comment is explained in the site given in the description of this deck ( - You're not supposed to use this deck without looking at that first.

Its very bad
Posted on 2016-08-12

Worst.kanji have many meaning but why you only add just one meaning each kanji.and when you want to read kohii story you must see it from edit deck,its so annoying. moreover i still cant remember some/lots kanji even review it 10 this flashcard not worth for learning kanji

Early Days...
Posted on 2016-08-02

...but the deck seems to be working for me. Using the Heisig stories have helped to remember some of the more abstract Kanji and I've managed to guess the meaning of a few brand new characters first time.

Lots of useful info, good deck
Posted on 2016-04-28

Each card contains the kanji, keyword, stroke order diagram, example words, plus the Heisig story and the top two stories of koohii.
If I could give any advice about using this deck, it would be to modify the front of the cards to display the keyword instead of the kanji, and do your reviews by writing the kanji down from memory. This is how Heisig says to study, I predict trouble down the road if you can't produce the kanji you learn from memory.

Great Deck!
Posted on 2016-03-26

So I really love this deck, & it's helped me a lot.

Thanks to the guy who claimed everyone besides them is a "shill", but they are full of it. The deck is legit.

They are, however, correct in that it does not have the kun/on(pronunciation). It's actually on purpose. It's meant to show you the meaning, so you can learn the kanji that way. It is laid out and explained in depth if you simply follow the link in the information above. So yeah, that explained that.

That being said, however, I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars because I think that the pronunciation should still be there, if only as an optional addition to this deck.

Myself, I intend to simply continue putting it in the "myStory" section as I go along/learn new kanji. While it'd be nice if it was already done(like I said, hence it being 4 instead of 5 stars imho), it really doesn't take long at all to put it in myself, & in fact I find it sticks in my head better when I go out of my way to look it up and ensure it's the correct meaning via cross-referencing. Guess what - learning takes time. & that's okay. Things aren't always gonna be laid out perfectly for you. That doesn't mean this deck is useless, & it certainly doesn't deserve a crap rating. But hey that's just my opinion. So ultimately, that's what it boils down to. & you're entitled to yours as well. But since someone else decided to share theirs, I figured a rebuttal was only fair. :P

Again, not a shill. Just a person who found this very helpful - even if it's not perfect. I recommend it for anyone trying to learn Japanese, for sure. But I also must recommend reading the link provided in the information at the top of this page. Also, if you are like me & want to know how to say the word you're looking at in your target language, instead of just learning the /meaning/ of it & then learning how to say it later on, then I suggest doing what I did(putting that info in yourself as you go along, I mean - you only need to fill it in once for each card/kanji, & you're good to go from that point on).

Thank you for making this deck, Niko. This & a lot of other study material. It's been a huge help!

PS: They say kun is more day-to-day important/useful than on, so if you only are gonna put in one, make it the kun pronunciation. At least, that's what I would do if I had to choose. On is only used when it's strictly kanji put together to make special "bigger" words, that are akin to using "big words" in english. That is, while you can do it, too much will just make you sound pompous & isn't really needed to fully understand the language & speak on a native level. Again, I am not a teacher nor am I Japanese myself, so this is just peer-to-peer advice you're getting. Good luck, strangers!

Great deck, but...
Posted on 2016-03-24

Unless you're worried about quitting, doing it keyword->kanji is a better use of your time. It is certainly easier to get started the reverse way, but several who tried this shortcut found it made their memory of the kanji fuzzier in comparison.

See here for more on this issue:

Terrible deck
Posted on 2016-03-04

Ignore the 5 star reviews those are all shills. This deck only gives you the meaning for the kanji, it doesn't tell you how to read them. You have to click a link to go to a website if you want to see the reading, it's extremely inefficient to have to do that repeatedly for literally every f*cking one.

Posted on 2016-01-17

I went from only knowing a few hundred kanji to knowing 2200, and all over the course of a few months! Now I'm compiling huge vocabulary lists from light novels since learning new vocab is now 100 times easier!

Posted on 2016-01-16

Loving this deck! I'm new to all of this, but can now recognise over 100 kanji thanks to this deck :) It's only been a few days, so I'm very happy with that result. I'd recommend reading the linked article at nihongoshock as well

Posted on 2016-01-06

This is the best method I have used to learn Kanji! I'm at around ~700 kanji right now and have about a ~90% retention rate. Though you don't need the book 'Heisig's Remebering the Kanji' (I'm not using it) it could be nice to have, both to support Heisig and to get a better grasp of the primitives.

Makes learning kanji much easier than traditional methods
Posted on 2015-12-08

This deck was a lifesaver. Previously I was using memrise to learn all the jouyou kanji in the order that Japanese students learn them. However, this is a TERRIBLE idea, mainly because the order is based on how difficult the idea that the kanji conveys is rather than the amount of strokes.. For foreign learners of Japanese, it is much better to start with kanji with few strokes (as well as radicals) and learn their meanings (even though some are quite obscure, like gall bladder). Then kanji with many strokes become much easier because you can just look at the radicals within them and create a mnemonic to help yourself remember it. This is the method that this deck uses and it was very helpful. It took me around 4 months to complete and I now know the meanings of 2,200 kanji with around a 90% retention rate.

Very useful
Posted on 2015-10-01

It's a great way to approach Kanji, with lots of content and an intuitive order.

Great effort taken right here
Posted on 2015-09-17

Thank you so much for this! Day after day I'm getting better at this, also thank you a lot for introducing me to Anki! Best study tool I ever used!

Almost perfect!
Posted on 2015-09-04

Very helpful, but definitely use in addition to the Remembering the Kanji book, not just instead of. This deck doesn't include the primitives.

Very helpful
Posted on 2015-07-31

It definitely helps me learning the meaning of the Kanji. Many information and fun to study. thanks !

Looks the same as
Posted on 2015-02-10