Kanji Pict-O-Graphix review

Kanji Pict-O-Graphix by Michael Rowley is a unique approach to learning Kanji. KPOG takes a group of Kanji with a similar meaning and puts them on one page and draws pictures to illustrate the Kanji and their meaning. Not only does it have Kanji mnemonic-associations, the book also includes Kana! Through browsing this book, I’ve found the Kana memorization to be somewhat helpful and the Kanji memorization to be not so promising. The book groups the Kanji by their meaning so some pages consist of all Kanji relating to, let’s say “The Sun,” for example. There will be 5-9 or so Kanji on the page with practically the same meaning. Kanji Pict-O-Graphix provides both the ON and kun readings for the Kanji.

Although the methods used are probably not the best, Kanji Pict-O-Graphix is a unique novelty that most Japanese learners will like to have handy at their disposal. I recommend at least checking out the book on Amazon to see what its like! Click here to go to Amazon’s page for Kanji Pict-O-Graphix: Over 1,000 Japanese Kanji and Kana Mnemonics


Kanji Pict-O-Graphix is a novelty most Japanese learners will want to have on their shelves. It is not extremely helpful, but is interesting to say the least :)


6/10. Good, not great. Interesting, but ineffective.

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  • http://www.jamaipanese.com jamaipanese

    i have this book tucked away somewhere, don't think I have looked at it more than once since buying it!

    I should dig it up and study some Japanese this coming weekend

  • http://v10japan.com/ V10 Japan

    I agree completely. I bought it, looked at it, and now it's sitting on my Japanese shelf :)

  • http://nihonamor.wordpress.com/ Lvsanchez115

    I saw this at my local used bookstore… dirt cheap, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. After reading your review I’m glad I didn’t!

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