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Office of Social Collaboration,
(the Kanji Educator)Hiroyuki Kubo

In Japan, Chinese characters kanji are everywhere, but younger people are not reading print much anymore

With the rise of smartphones, you no longer need to memorize difficult characters. But are you understanding and using them correctly?
For the past 10 years, the "Kanji Tankentai" (Exploring Chinese Characters together) course, led by Mr. Kubo has been teaching people how to recognize characters systematically by understanding their origins.
"It is easy to select characters from a list on a smartphone, but choosing the appropriate option for what you want to say is very important," he points out.
To help with this, Mr. Kubo takes participants to parks and zoos, shrines, sake breweries, and other places to show them why characters look the way they do.
"Learning the cultural, social, and historical context makes learning characters more enjoyable," says Mr. Kubo.
The courses often fill up beyond capacity, demonstrating the popularity of this new way of learning characters beyond the classroom.