Kamishibai 紙芝居

Kamishibai (紙芝居) is a form of Japanese street entertainment and theatrical performance. The name Kamishibai literally means “paper drama” (紙 kami, meaning “paper”, and 芝居 shibai meaning “play” or “drama”). The performers tell a dramatic story while showing drawings or paintings at the crowd. This type of show now is mostly oriented towards children. It was very popular during the early 20th century and until the 1950s.


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How to learn Kanji 漢字の勉強法

So today I’m going to be talking about how to learn Kanji, which even in Japan takes a long time and is a pain to learn. This way is very effective on the long term, and is not very intense nor complicated. It’s easy to keep up with and allows you to continue to learn Kanji without stopping. I started learning Kanji  around 8 months ago for real with this technique, and to this day I know 1330 of them. I should know the recommended amount within 6 months. So with this technique you can learn the necessary Kanji amount in just a little over a year with less than 10 minutes of work a day ; compared to 10 years of school learning in Japan. The only downside to this strategy is that it does not emphasize the writing very much, but then after all, you should be the one to decide if you need handwriting.


So the method in itself is very simple:

  1. Download Anki
  2. Create a Kanji deck
  3. Add 5 Kanjis everyday : the front of the card showing the kanji and the back showing the pronunciations and meanings
  4. Revise them around 2 to 3 times the day you added them and let Anki calculate the time before the next revision
  5. The next day, revise your previously added Kanji and add 5 more.

5 steps is all it takes.

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