Crazy for Kanji: A Student's Guide to the Wonderful World of Japanese Characters

No. Pages: 212
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11"
Format: Paperback
Price: US/19.95
ISBN: 9781933330204 (p)
Release Date: 7-Jul


Kanji (the most complicated Japanese script) may look daunting, but the characters are full of fun and life—if you know how to decode them. Crazy for Kanji provides a "map" to orient people by examining characters and compounds from every angle. Passionate and playful, the book is filled with enlightening discussions, fun facts, photos, exhibits, anecdotes, and games. It’s a reference source, workbook, and entertaining read all in one. Novices and kanji experts alike will find treasures in its pages.


Eve Kushner of Berkeley, California, is the creator of Joy o' Kanji ( With this lifelong project, she is writing one essay about every Joyo kanji—that's 2,136 essays!