JAPANESE KANJI in USE
Japanese children must learn three separate alphabets - hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana and katakana have forty-six characters each, but there are thousands and thousands of kanji, Chinese characters adapted for Japanese use. You need to know about two thousand to be able to read books or the newspaper. Kanji are not just writing in Japan, they are also slogans, ideas and art. It's as if each kanji has it's own personality. And they are an important part of everyday life in Japan.