Kana Can Be Easy (Revised Edition)

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“Kana Can Be Easy (Revised Edition)”, better known as “絵で覚えるひらがな・カタカナ【改訂版】” in Japan, is a Japanese language book written by Kunihiko Ogawa and made for learners with introductory Japanese skills. With it, you will learn how to improve your hiragana and katakana with this 128-page textbook.

Great for beginner students, this fun manual helps users quickly and effectively master the Hiragana and Katakana characters using illustrations. The 92 Hiragana and Katakana symbols are all presented with illustrations and mnemonic descriptions that have been designed for students to instinctively memorize the shapes and symbols they read in. In addition, this book allows learners to recognize variations in the shape of a character through the use of different fonts, to distinguish similar characters and to practice writing kanas. At the end of the book, you will find exercises covering 10 characters each.


  • Introduction (On the Japanese writing system)
  • Hiragana (46 characters)
  • Katakana (46 characters)
  • Appendix Elaborations of Basic Hiragana and Katakana / Punctuation Marks
  • Practices

Complementary information

  • Title in Japanese: 絵で覚えるひらがな・カタカナ【改訂版】
  • Roman transliteration of the title: E De Oboeru Hiragana To Katakana (Kaitei Ban)
  • Editor: The Japan Times
  • Authors: Kunihiko Ogawa
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Book format: 257 × 182 mm
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Weight: 280 grams
  • ISBN: 9784789016612

About the publisher

The Japan Times is a Japanese newspaper written in English that was first published in 1897. Along with its eponym daily publications, the publisher that produces “The Japan Times” also publishes magazines and Japanese language materials, such as the Genki and Basic Japanese for Expats series, which are highly popular among English-speaking learners.

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