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One of the best kanji books we've seen. The Key to Kanji: A Visual History of 1,100 Characters is a one-of-a-kind reference for learners at any level. Based in etymological research, this detailed guide takes away the difficulty of learning Japanese characters. Each of these 1,100 essential kanji has a fully illustrated entry with a brief English summary explaining the evolution of its written form and meaning from ancient to modern times. Each kanji also has its on and kun pronunciations, radical, a clear stroke order illustration, and sample words that are useful for learners.