TESTIMONIALS: JOK IS A–OK

People have said the kindest things about Joy o' Kanji! For instance, Chin Music Press (which publishes lovely books about Japan) published a great interview/review on their blog. You can see more comments below. If you also have something positive to say about Joy o' Kanji, don't hold back! Let us know, and if we like your comment (which we undoubtedly will), we'll add it below!

 

They say 'no pain, no gain', but remembering my own initial struggles learning kanji, I know that in fact the opposite is true—it's those learning methods that make learning fun that are the most useful and effective. That was the main goal of my own kanji dictionaries, and the enjoyment of kanji is clearly the main driving force behind Joy o' Kanji. I hope that many learners of Japanese take advantage of this wonderful resource.
     ~Jack Halpern, Editor-in-chief
     New Japanese-English Japanese Character Dictionary
     The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary
 
Nobody else is doing anything like Joy o' Kanji! It's fabulous!
     ~Elizabeth Rexford  
The Joy o' Kanji essays fill a long-empty niche in Japanese language studies. They demystify the kanji in a thorough yet light-hearted way, and always provide unique perspectives on various dimensions of their usage.
     ~Kevin Hamilton
The essays on and are amazing. Such a deep understanding and a high degree of writing are magnificent. Are there any other people who can do that? Very impressive. 
     ~Hirotsugu Kodaka
I am really happy that I came across JOK—it is done with so much love. This is exactly what I would do to familiarize myself with each character if I could dedicate so much time to studying. Glad someone else did! 
     ~Samuel Duncker-Rakow
I so love your essays – the details and the way you allow the reader to learn more about you as a person (as in the first paragraph in essay 1047 on 菓, "confection"). It’s just really fun reading!
     ~Ulrike Narins
既に、イブ様は漢字に関する碩学と申し上げても過言ではないと思います。
I think it's not too much to say that you have already become a great kanji scholar, Eve.
     ~Hidetomo Gomita
[Re. essay 1607 on 塚 (mound)] 貴女のエツセイは、日本人にない新鮮さがあり、とても良いですね。
I like your essay very much, since it has a fresh point of view that we Japanese don't have.
     ~Sakuo Nakamura
If you LOVE kanji, or if you WANT to LOVE kanji, you must sign up for this site. Eve Kushner writes lovingly about kanji in a way that's both fun and informative!
     ~Heidi Cole
[Re. essay 1848 on 滅, essay 1081 on 穫, and essay 1726 on 披] The materials that examine in detail and thoroughly describe the characters "destroy," "harvest," and "open" really struck me. They are like beautifully designed books with attractive illustrations!
     ~Takehiro Kido 
This year is "a bit of Japanese every day," and the essays will help. Really enjoyed your earlier essays.
     ~Steve James
 
I am really looking forward to reading your essays as they come out. They have been fantastic so far, and I am very impressed. It's nice to have such an amazing resource in English.
     ~Christopher Acheson
I enjoy the essays hugely. Full of delightful surprises!
     ~Patrick Sneyd
Your essays are the ideal tool for getting kanji engraved in the mind. I appreciate your efforts for the innovative ways of learning kanji through Joy o` Kanji. I hope it benefits kanji learners and becomes a success for the enormous amount of hard work and dedication being put into this site.
     ~Tilak Bhattacharjee
 
[Re. essay 1214 on 剣 (sword)] It looks great! So professional and clear. A masterpiece. You are very talented.
     ~Mariusz Szmerdt
[Re. essay 1052 on 靴 (shoes, footwear)] 
Der Schuh-Artikel ist wirklich sehr kurzweilig geschrieben und wohl recherchiert.
The shoe essay is very entertaining and well researched.
     ~Anton Emsenhuber
I enjoy your website! Japanese people (at least I) learn kanji without thinking of what you have written. We use kanji every day, and kanji is always there in our life. But your blog gives me the opportunity to look at each kanji more deeply, considering different aspects. Your blog is on my favorite list. 
     ~Yuki Mori
 
This is great. I was sinking into a study slump (that's February for you) but will now cheer myself up with your fabulous essays. (Much more fun than the textbook I am tangling with at the moment.)
     ~Anne Hill
There is an amazing depth in the kanji essays that I've read so far.
     ~Kelly Godsoe
Very valuable, notable, and instructive work being emanated by your keen soul.... Here I am with your smart and playful mind.
     ~Pedro Teixeira da Mota
[Re. essay 1214 on 剣 (sword)That is an awesome essay!!!!
     ~Steve Bills
Very well done, Eve. I'll be visiting and sending all my friends.
     ~Michael Rowley, author of Kanji Pict-o-Graphix and creator of KanjiPictoGraphix 
Bravo, Eve. I laughed and smiled reading your site. YAY! Will you please put a photo of Kanji the dog on there? [Done. On left.]
     ~Stephanie Van Hook
I can tell you've really put a lot thought into presenting the information with great style and in a user-friendly way. Your lessons are always so colorful and engaging. You have created a beautiful site that is fitting for a beautiful language and culture. I'm excited to help your dream grow!
     ~Corey Linstrom
 
If you're serious about learning kanji, JOK is a really, really friendly and useful approach to the kanji basics. I absolutely love JOK, and I must say that JOK has done a great job of showing how to use each kanji both in formal and casual Japanese sentences and introducing the origin and history of each kanji in a very unique (Eve-tastic :D) way. These aspects are not covered in even the most popular kanji books on this planet. I can thoroughly recommend JOK to teachers of Japanese, too.
     ~Haruyo Takamasu
 
[Re. JOKIA] The album that I looked at is very interesting. I like seeing the kanji on the signs. It's different from reading print and something that I want to learn.
     ~David Simon
Very detailed work on the website. Great job. Loved your essay on monkey and the essay on gender-specific kanji. Keep up the great work.
     ~Rajorshi De
I wish I’d had this resource when I was learning Japanese. Eve Kushner’s approach to kanji is pragmatic, playful, and culturally based. For each kanji, she not only tells you how to write it, but adds its history, common phrases, related folklore, and even a list of other kanji that look a lot like it and so might cause confusion. I particularly like the monkey essay.
     ~Toni Levi
 
I respect your in-depth analysis of the characters and your very interesting style of writing.
     ~Cecilia Chow Swift, creator of InCharacter, producing items with Chinese characters on them
 
Eve Kushner has just launched a website that Japanese-language students should not miss.
     ~Bruce Rutledge, founder of Chin Music Press
日本の事ホントにお詳しいですね。すごいです!!
You really know a lot about Japan. I'm impressed!!
     ~Kayoko Kurimoto
This is one of my fav sites! Always learn something!
     ~Kit Nagamura
I am enjoying the essays greatly. They are a lovely orthogonal counterpoint to the other way I learn, using Heisig’s technique with Anki flashcards.
     ~Chris Daft
I just read the essay "Monkey Business." It was as fun and addictive as your writings always are. This website is remarkable, and I admire you and your team for being so diverse but able to pull off a really informative and fun website. I am really happy to know that Joy o' Kanji has gone live. My heartiest wishes for its success and growth. You must be the happiest person in the world at the moment, as your love and passion for kanji can be expressed in a wonderful way through the website, and you can share your knowledge with others in a fun and interactive way. 
     ~Aravind Ramachandran
 
I just *love* your writing: you pepper your love for and scholarship of kanji with various bits of snark ("This bit of insanity means 'mane'"). Cheers and 乾杯! Know that you have a new Big Fan. The best scholars / professionals are those who can write and speak with passion (or in an enjoyable-to-listen-to/read way) about their area of expertise. The art is being able to impart in-depth knowledge, not "dumbing it down," and doing it in an engaging way. Few can do it well.
     ~Richard Newton
 
I so admire (and so envy) you for having a passion, pursuing this passion, and writing beautifully about this passion. The free essays are great. (Funny—I never would associate lawns with Japan.) It is so very rare these days to find "real writing"—thoughtful, articulate, driven by (again) passion. So very, very rare. Why, such writing used to DEFINE "writing." And "literature." But writing has so devolved over the last few years that one sees shallow mediocrity everywhere. When writers such as you create their own sites in which to celebrate the subjects of their choice, these sites are like shining stars in that vast sky of sameness. Hooray for writers with dedication such as yours, and hooray for the success of JOK. When someone has a great passion for a subject, as you have with kanji and Japan, that passion shines like the (rising) sun. This is how beautiful things are created.
     ~Anneli Rufus, author and book reviewer
 

 

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