Jouyou kanjis and me...

I have used the Kanjidic database and my kanjis dictionary and made a small Java program that allows me to know where I am in my learning of japanese characters. This small program has generated the web page you're currently looking at.

As explained in my dictionary, there are more than 6000 kanjis used in Japan. Fortunately, it is not mandatory to know all of them for everyday life. In 1946, with the good intention to make things easier for everybody, the Japanese Ministry of Education produced the Jouyou kanjis list. It contains 1945 pictograms. They are apparently the most frequently used kanjis in Japan. The Japanese government recommends all publishers to use those kanjis as much as possible. It would seems that mastering the top 500 of those kanjis would allow someone to understand 80% of a daily newspaper. Knowing the top 1000 of those would allow a reader to understand the same newspaper at 94%.

So, here are all the Jouyou kanjis. The yellow ones have been learned. The gray ones are still unknown to me. I have to say that a learned kanji is not necessarily 100% mastered! It just means that I have seen it through my daily study and that I know at least one of its many pronunciations (as most kanjis counts 2, 3 or 4 different pronunciations.) You must also consider that a kanji combined with another may have a signification completely different. Finally, my memory is not very good so it's likely that I have forgotten some of them... Oh well... It gives a good picture of my level anyway. I've listed the same information by levels and by stroke counts.

西 寿 尿 使 沿 便 退 姿 宿 湿 婿 貿 殿 綿 稿 調 簿

657/1945 kanjis are yellow (33%). As you may see, there is still a lot of work to do...

By grades (elementary school)

There is no grade 7. The grade 8 contains the kanjis of general use. Those are probably learned in an implicit way at highschool.

Grade 1

Grade 2


Grade 3

使 宿 調

Grade 4


Grade 5

退 貿 綿

Grade 6

沿 姿

Grade 8

寿 尿 湿 婿 殿 稿

By stroke counts

1 stroke(s)

2 stroke(s)

3 stroke(s)

4 stroke(s)

5 stroke(s)

6 stroke(s)


7 stroke(s)

寿 尿

8 stroke(s)

使 沿

9 stroke(s)

便 退 姿

10 stroke(s)

11 stroke(s)


12 stroke(s)

湿 婿 貿

13 stroke(s)


14 stroke(s)


15 stroke(s)

稿 調

16 stroke(s)

17 stroke(s)

18 stroke(s)

19 stroke(s)


20 stroke(s)

21 stroke(s)

22 stroke(s)

23 stroke(s)

Date of generation : Mar 11, 2006.