If you thought there were a lot of letters in the English alphabet, you will be shocked to learn that there are between 5,000 and 10,000 kanji characters used in written Japanese… and that doesn’t include the syllables/alphabets of hiragana or katakana. The alphabets are definitely the most difficult thing you’ll encounter when trying to learn japanese.
The Japanese government has attempted to make the alphabet easier to use, and in 1981 they approved 1,945 characters for “general use.” These kanji are called jōyō kanji. All textbooks, government publications, and other publications not meant for specialists use this compressed set of kanji. Japanese students are expected to know all 1,945 Kanji by the time they graduate high school.
Here are some sample Kanji symbols:
Want to Learn More Kanji? Click on the link below to learn all 1,945 joyo kanji symbols.