Mr Hastings Year 7 Japanese class were engaged in their Japanese class opening their minds to the fascinating characters of kanji that form the written Japanese language. Students also were taught the traditional Japanese calligraphy - shodo. Shodo involves dipping a brush in ink and using it to write kanji. 



Kanji is one of three Japanese writing systems along with hiragana and katakana. There are several thousand kanji characters in regular use. All have different meanings and most have more than one pronunciation, depending on context. 

The Japanese writing system consists of two types of characters: the syllabic kana – hiragana (平仮名) and katakana (片仮名) – and kanji (漢字), the adopted Chinese characters. Each have different usage, purpose and characteristics and all are necessary in Japanese writing.

Most Japanese sentences you see will have combinations of hiragana and kanji, and on occasion katakana. Hiragana and katakana are unique to the Japanese language.

Because of the three distinct characters used and the complicated varying usage, the Japanese written language is described as one of the most difficult languages to master.

Students will continue their insights into Japanses culture and language next term.