“[Kanji alive] looks terrific and reflects the large amount of work that has gone into it.”

– Jim Breen, Monash University, Australia

“I would like to express my deepest admiration for your excellent work on Kanji Alive. My students, beginning and advanced alike, find it very useful to study kanji through the site. The information presented for each kanji is essential and just right amount. The stroke order presentation is clear and effective.”

– Tomoko Graham, Noble and Greenough School Dedham, MA

“let me tell you that kanji alive is the best kanji software i have ever tried and it’s only thank to it if i passed my japanese exam! without it i’m completely lost! thanks again and keep on doin’ like this guys!”

– Andrea Di Fabio, Italy

“Yes! Finally found a kanji website that I can really recommend to my students”

– Masa Tanaka, Japan

“I would like to thank you for making the “Kanji alive” resource available for all learners to use. What a wonderful tool. You have helped my own efforts to learn to read and write kanji enormously.”

– Matthew Miller, Asst. Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard University (Graduate School of Education)

“I have just discovered Kanji Alive and wish to thank you for creating it. It is marvelous! I haven’t even been using it for a full day and I have told all my friends that are trying to learn Japanese. They are all impressed and are ready to ditch some of their more confusing kanji books.”

– David Estes

“Many thanks!! This tool was so useful to prepare my JLPT level 2!!”

– Audrey, France

“Greetings to the KA people. Kanji alive is an extraordinary facility for someone like me moving into intermediate level Japanese, but with no cultural background in kanji. I use it constantly.”

– Frank McMahon, Australia

“Kanji alive is great! I love it. Thank you for creating it! Xx”

– Maja, Poland

“Kanji Alive is a really great resource and I honestly cannot envision learning kanji without it. I use [name of textbook removed] to learn Japanese at home. While their resources are fantastic and their kanji dictionary is useful and complete, it doesn’t give all the information. Once again, thank you and I look forward to future developments if there’s anything in the works.”

– John Lunzer

“I recently came across the “Kanji Alive” site and am excited to share it with Japanese instructors and learners at my school. It is attractive, well organized and easy to use! Thank you for making this valuable tool freely available to learners and educators.”

– Daryl L. Beres, Director of the Language Resource Center, Mount Holyoke College

“Your website is at the top of my list of Japanese resources I’m using to study for N2 […]. Thank you, thank you so much.”

– Bentou

“Hello from France :) I’m Thomas, student in japanese language. First, I want to say thanks a lot for your project, that helps me a lot, I use it almost everyday. I think it’s very smart and powerful tool and free from charge, which is very nice.”

– Thomas Gillant, France

“Hi! I am a high-school student who has been studying Japanese Language for almost 6 years but I only started learning Kanji about 3 years ago. I found this site very helpful and have shared it with my teacher. She also found it to be very accurate and helpful. Thank you for expanding my understanding of Kanji Radicals!”

– Maddy

“It is with great pleasure and immense satisfaction that I am using Kanji Alive again on my Mac. A sincere thank you to you and all of you who have made this possible.”

– Frederic Neubauer, France

“I’m VERY impressed with the utility of this system. Thanks for making it available online.”

– Lawson English

“I totally love your great site. Best online resource for learning kanji – by far! Thank you very much for all your work!”

– Daniel Angermueller, Germany

“[…] By the way, this website is AMAZING! So much better that any other Kanji website.”

– Kaneki Ken

“It is not easy to learn Japanese from afar […] Kanji Alive brings it altogether in a very professional and aesthetic manner.”

– Yehoshafat Shafee Give’on, Israel

“Wow, excellent tool. I love the Mnemonic Hints. I’ve been waiting for an app that includes RTK-like hints […] I love the layout!”

– Henry, Australia

“Thank you for this app, I’m in love with it!”

– Lexi

Schools whose textbooks are directly supported by Kanji alive (can search for kanji by textbook chapter):

  • University of Chicago, Illinois
  • Macquarie University, Australia
  • University of Vermont, Vermont
  • Baylor University, Texas
  • Kwantlen University College, Canada
  • Dickinson College, Pennsylvania
  • Diablo Valley College, California
  • Harrison High School, Michigan
  • Phillips Academy, Massachusetts
  • Campbell Hall School, California
  • University of Wollongong, Australia

Institutions that recommend Kanji alive as a language learning resource

Universities & Colleges

  • Cornell University, Japanese Program
  • Columbia University, Japanese Program
  • The University of Rhode Island
  • The University of Northern Iowa
  • The University of Wisconsin, Learning Support Service
  • The University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Baylor University, Texas
  • The University of Vermont, Asian Studies Outreach Program
  • Earlham College, Indiana
  • Stanford University, J Guide
  • Purdue University, Japanese Program
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  • The University of Victoria, Canada
  • Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Netherlands
  • Oxford University, Language Center, United-Kingdom
  • University of Toyama, Japan
  • Kansas State University
  • The Hoverford College, Philadelphia
  • The University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado
  • Palomar College, California
  • Michigan State University, Michigan
  • The California State University San Marcos, Language Learning Center
  • Aims Community College, Colorado
  • Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
  • Dalarna University, Sweden
  • University of North Texas, Texas
  • Dept. of Education and Communities, NSW, Australia
  • Monash University, Australia
  • Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Oxford Brookes University, United-Kingdom
  • Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy
  • University of Oulu, Finland
  • Linfield College, Oregon
  • University of Montana, Montana
  • Smith College, MA
  • York University, Canada
  • North Orange County Community College, CA
  • Centro de Estudios Integrales de Japónes, Santiago, Chile
  • Shasta College, CA
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC
  • University of Oslo, Norway
  • The University of Colorado Boulder, CO
  • Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Willamette University, OR
  • University of Notre Dame in Chicago, IL
  • Long Beach City College, CA
  • University of Bucharest, Romania
  • Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, German
  • University of Notre Dame, IN

High Schools & Elementary Schools

  • Montgomery County Public School, MD
  • Birmingham Public School, MI
  • Hudson High School, NY
  • Catlin Gabel School, OR
  • Forest Park High School, VA
  • Wiley Elementary International Magnet School, NC
  • Trinity Grammar School, Australia
  • Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, CA
  • Schools of Isolated and Distance Education, Australia
  • Högskolan Dalarna, Sweden
  • Ridge High School, NJ
  • Clarkston High School, MI
  • Shaler Area School District, PA
  • Healesville High School, Australia
  • Lynbrook High School, CA
  • Benjamin Logan High School, OH
  • Garfield High School, WA
  • Chesterton High School, IN


  • The University of Haifa Library, Israel
  • The City Library, Finland
  • The Center for Lifelong Library, United Kingdom
  • Prince of Wales Library, United Kingdom
  • Monroe Library, Loyola University in New Orleans
  • Leyburn Library, Washington and Lee University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL


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