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Japanese Kanji is beauty of combining meaningful parts to create a word.

Here is a tip for the creation of your original kanji.

1. Think of a word or sound that reminds you of the theme (this year's theme: "Busy!/忙しい!(いそがしい)"

2. Collect radicals and components that relate to the theme.

These sites are useful resources:

Resource for advanced learners:

Kanji dictionary. Especially Shimomura's Kanji dictionary for elementary school students (publisher: Kansei sha) has rich information of radicals.

3. Combine the radicals and mnemonics in a creative manner, and have multiple combinations.

4. Select your best Kanji, then write it on a paper and take a picture to upload! (see below)


1. Design your original Kanji that fit to this year's theme, and prepare the drawing in a PDF or JPG file (under 1 MB).

2. Go to submission form page by clicking submission link, upload file and fill the information of

Your Name:

Your School name and Grade (Elementary, Middle, High School):

Your Email Address:

Parent Email Address (optional):

Pronunciation of your original kanji:

Meaning of your original kanji:


Send email to

Only one entry per person please!

Winners will be notified via email in February-March 2022.


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