I know, there are many missing kanji. But it’s a bit weird that only one of the kyōiku kanji (kanji taught in primary school) is missing from WK. For completeness’ sake, and so I won’t feel bad when I’ve learnt all the kyōiku kanji minus one, here’s my mnemonic for 蚕!
radicals– 天 heaven and 虫 bug
onyomi– You die, and climb to the top of Mt Heaven. (テン・サン）As it turns out, there are animals up here after all. They’re the heaven bugs, making silk for God’s robes. They’re silkworms.
(I find it easy to imagine that any god would have silken robes, given how expensive and ‘royal’ silk has always been!)
kunyomi– There are also coyotes up here, all clad in silken robes. Why do they get robes too? Because the silkworms are their children. The silkworms are the かいこ!
(Some classic WK absurdity, sure to help me remember at least.)
What kanji have you guys found that WK doesn’t have that you found frustrating? What mnemonics have you come up with to help remember them?