About this project
Missed your chance to get your Genki Kanji Poster on Kickstarter?
Not to worry! Thanks to the amazing support we received on Kickstarter, we have launched a website where we will continue to offer the Genki Kanji Poster! Check out www.genkikanjiposter.com to get your very own Genki Kanji Poster, or simply to read about our Kickstarter success story. We also have other Japanese language study tools in mind which we will be hard at work to create, so be sure to keep us in mind and visit us in the near future for exciting new products!
UPDATE: if we hit $5000 in funding, everyone who purchased a poster will receive a special bonus in addition to their poster pack! We will send you a personalized message of your choice on traditional Japanese paper! Your message will be handwritten by us, and it can be in either English or Japanese. You may choose to dedicate the poster to someone, include an encouraging message, have your favorite kanji written in a large font, or memorialize your backing of the Genki Kanji Poster with your backer number - the choice is yours, so have fun with it! We believe this personalized message will add a very special touch to your reward package, so let’s keep the momentum going so that we can hit $5000! We sincerely thank those of you who have already spread the word about the Genki Kanji Poster, and we hope you guys can help us reach even more Japanese enthusiasts in these last 15 days!
Learn Japanese the FUN way!
If you've ever tried learning another language, you probably know just how hard it can be to get yourself to open up a textbook and attempt to study. It takes a lot of effort and practice in order to pick up a new language. Nothing could be more true for the Japanese language, which presents the additional challenge of learning an entirely new writing system. Having studied Japanese for many years in classrooms and other group environments, we have seen an unfortunate number of students who really wanted to learn Japanese, but eventually gave up out of frustration. We REALLY don't want to see this happen anymore!
We are a pair of recent college grads with an immense passion for Japanese language and culture. We have set out with a clear goal in mind: to make Japanese language learning more fun and manageable!
So what is the Genki Kanji Poster?
The super-sized, 24" x 36" (61 x 91 cm) Genki Kanji Poster is a fun, aesthetically-pleasing alternative to textbook studying. The poster contains over 300 of the most important Japanese kanji characters, presented on a fully textured poster that is meant to replicate the look and style of "moku hanga", or woodblock printing, a printing technique that has been used in artistic creations for centuries in Japan. The kanji on the poster are mostly the same ones students encounter within some of the most popular Japanese textbooks, such as Genki, Japanese for Busy People, and An Introduction to Modern Japanese.
How can you learn Japanese from a poster, you ask? In addition to listing the characters, we've included all common pronunciations, meanings, okurigana (accompanying characters), and number of brushstrokes, as well as dividing the kanji into 21 well-structured lessons. Best of all, the poster is laminated, so feel free to mark it up with dry-erase markers!
Why Genki Kanji Poster?
Not only do students in Japan spend many years learning kanji, they are also exposed to the complex characters every waking moment. Japanese learners outside of Japan unfortunately do not have this advantage. With the Genki Kanji Poster situated above your desk or any other place you spend a lot of time at, you can repeatedly expose your mind to kanji to help master newly learned characters and maintain long-term retention of all the other kanji you have studied. You could never do the same with a thick textbook!
We are not the first ones to create a poster dedicated to kanji. However, we are the first to come up with a poster that by itself presents all of the relevant information associated with each kanji. Furthermore, the order in which the kanji are presented on the Genki Kanji Poster is completely logical andperfectly matches the grammar, vocabulary, and phrases that you will be learning while studying the Japanese language.
We became very frustrated when we saw what some of the other resources out there available to Japanese learners. None of the posters we came acorss were really useful for studying Japanese or kanji. Some of the biggest issues we noticed:
- Other posters usually present a blob of thousands of characters that are hard to read from further than a couple of feet away.
- Generally, these posters DO NOT have the pronunciations of the kanji listed, and even worse, no English translations either!
- Stroke order and the number of strokes are never listed.
- Okurigana ("accompanying characters") were nowhere to be found
- The order of the kanji presented does not reflect AT ALL the order a student in Japan would learn kanji. As an example, some of the resources we came across would, believe it or not, teach the kanji for words like "gall bladder" and "fish guts" very early on!It is much more fun when you learn and can apply the kanji for the vocabulary you are learning instead of spending time learning kanji for seldom used words.With the Genki Kanji Poster, you'll get ALL of this information along with each kanji! And the kanji are printed large so you can really see the detail of each stroke, even from a distance.
The poster also offers a bunch of other goodies, including:
- QR code to scan with your phone to get instant access to sample sentences, kanji compounds, and other kanji resources! Great for seeing how the kanji are used.
- A quick reference guide for stroke order when writing kanji.
Finally, even for those not studying Japanese, the large 23" x 37" Genki Kanji Poster is a beautiful poster to hang up and enliven a bare wall!
Help us spread our passion!
The creators of the Genki Kanji Poster are not a faceless organization, but rather two brothers who wish to spread our love for the Japanese language and culture. We created the Genki Kanji Poster to help fellow students learn, retain, and eventually master the difficult Japanese Kanji Writing System. Nothing would make us happier than to help other people pursue their passion for Japanese!
In order to bring the Genki Kanji Poster to life, we need your help. We are seeking to raise $3,000 to cover the costs of printing, lamination, and shipping of the first batch of posters. The posters are very large (23" by 37"), printed on environmentally-friendly, thick stock paper for durability, and are fully laminated so you can write on them. The posters will come out looking and feeling very nice! But we do need your help to produce the first batch of the posters. Any additional funding will allow us to print and ship out more posters, as well as help fund the creation of more Japanese language learning items.
We wholeheartedly thank you for checking out the Genki Kanji Poster and hope you will decide to support us in our quest to make learning Japanese a fun experience for everyone. If you would like to learn more about our project, please check out www.genkikanjiposter.com.
Arigatou Gozaimashita! (Thank you very much!) \(^.^)/
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