What's New

This table lists major changes to the website in chronological order.

2018/10/05
  • Added Kanzen Master N3 vocab list.
  • Fixed a bug that was causing definitions to be cut off so that only the last gloss in each sense was visible.
2018/09/06
2018/03/19
  • Added the ability to select preferred definition language for vocabulary dictionary pages and quizzes. Visit the settings page to change it.
  • Updated to latest WWJDIC data.
2017/12/22
  • Added a new kanji style based on AnimCJK by François Mizessyn. Visit the new settings page to switch to it.
  • Also used the above for main character display in kanji dictionary, when available.
  • Fixed an issue with shape recognition.
  • Fixed writing and quizzes for multi-character kana sounds.
2017/08/16
  • Added tool tips to example words on kanji dictionary pages which show the kanji contained in that word.
2017/03/21
2017/02/21
  • Added stroke length to recognition and made it a bit more sensitive overall. Fixes an issue with よ allowing the wrong stroke order.
  • Tried to make it a little easier to write the circles in P hiragana.
2016/08/16
  • Fixed flickering/missing stroke when entering a correct stroke while a hint animation is still playing.
  • Fixed stuck stroke that occurred when the pointer is released outside of the drawing area.
  • Fixed page moving around when scroll bars appear after clicking "show answer." Now they always show.
  • Quiz help message status is now stored in a cookie with an expiration of 7 days. Now messages won't keep popping up every time you start writing on a new page.
  • Made instructions more noticeable on tutorial pages.
  • Made drawing pad buttons larger so they are easier hit when using touch.
2016/08/04
  • Made pagination adaptive so that it doesn't wrap on small screens.
  • Changed tutorial URLs to use a page value instead of a numeric value.
  • Fixed the style of one of the buttons shown when a quiz ends.
2016/07/25
  • Added a tutorial with a slow ramp up in complexity to replace the old suggestion of trying to start by writing 書きましょう on the front page.
2016/07/24
  • Fixed writing pad on Chrome-based browsers. Google deprecated an SVG API and I didn't notice. Sorry about that!
  • Updated the website's design using Bootstrap. Aside from visual changes, this makes many pages responsive to resize, particularly on mobile.
  • Added a form that you can use to submit feedback.
  • Improved some of the character breakdowns for grades 1-6.
2015/08/24 Several major changes!
  • Moved the site to a new host. I'm hoping the performance will be more consistent now, but I wouldn't be surprised if this causes some hiccups.
  • Rewrote a lot of the code to use a modern framework. This has some immediate benefits and should make future changes easier.
  • Nicer URL scheme. Old URLs should mostly auto-convert to new ones for now, but update any bookmarks you might have made.
  • Simplified dictionary search to use a single input box for all types of searches.
  • Redesigned the way quizzes are launched and added new options for which kanji you want to try to write.
  • Rearranged or tweaked the design of the content on several pages, particularly the About section and dictionary search results.
  • Fixed the ability to use touch when drawing characters using desktop windows machines that have touch screens except in Firefox.
2015/07/25
  • Added grade info to kanji breakdowns to make it clear when a component is a character that is in general use on its own.
2015/07/06
  • Centred the drawing area to help avoid accidental triggering of a 'swipe in from the left' gesture on iPhones.
2015/06/20
  • Updated word frequency information with a much larger dataset - Japanese subtitles of over 15,000 episodes from over 500 anime series.
  • Added frequency information for kanji readings so you can get an idea about which readings are the most useful.
  • Added a new page that lists more common words and is organized by reading so you can find common example words that use each reading.
2015/06/09
  • Added new section to character info and quiz pages that shows common words that contain that character.
  • Fixed a bug that was causing the character info page to show the drawing pad even if no stroke info was available.
2015/06/08
  • Added a new curriculum: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese by the Japan Times.
  • Changed curriculum word listings to show the first English definition for each Japanese word.
  • Improved layout of quiz answers.
2015/05/31
  • Improved the breakdowns for kanji from Genki and Jōyō grades 1-6 by layering specific tweaks over the existing Kanji VG component data.
2015/05/24
  • Updated to the latest version of Kanji VG stroke data.
2015/04/25
  • Improved accuracy of kanji readings by rewriting the algorithm that assigns furigana to specific kanji.
2015/03/28
  • Added search toolbar to word and character pages, and added separate kanji/kana section for easy copying.
2015/03/21
  • Added tree-style kanji component breakdowns in word and character dictionary pages.
2015/03/15
  • New dictionary home tab now lets you search for a word without clicking over to the word tab first. Selected tab is also more obvious.
  • Hints now fade away after a moment to make it clear that you still have to try to write that stroke. They will show again if 3 more mistakes are made.
  • Improved home page content.
  • Fixed a few HTML bugs
2014/06/04
  • Improved pronunciations with better handling of small つ and adjacent unmatched kanji.
2014/03/12
  • Improved display on phones and tablets.
2014/02/03
  • Added quizzes for past vocabulary that uses new kanji.
2014/02/02
  • Improvements to quizzes and word definition formatting.
2014/01/31
  • Added vocabulary quizzes to JLPT curriculum.
2014/01/30
  • Made some improvements in word search relevancy and speed.
2014/01/28
  • Added vocabulary quizzes to Genki curriculum.
2014/01/23
  • Quizzes:
    • Added Hint button to manually show a hint for the next stroke.
    • Added more space between quiz buttons to cut down on accidental taps
  • Dictionaries:
    • Common word checkbox value is saved
    • Romaji conversion is improved for ambiguous characters.
2014/01/15
  • Added ability to divide categories with lots of entries into multiple shorter quizzes
2014/01/09
  • Tip messages don't repeat, and drawing too many strokes gives better feedback.
2014/01/02
  • Word dictionary released.
2013/12/16
  • Site opened.