A few weeks ago, Mo-Kanji posted about using Midjourney to generate mnemonic images for WaniKani using AI. We’re taking this concept to the next level with a volunteer project where we plan to use AI to generate images for every radical, kanji, and vocabulary on WaniKani. We already have a GreasyFork userscript that embeds them in WK pages, like this:
Our mnemonic image embedded by our userscript into the page for 業 (Business). I made this one with DALL-E 2.
We do separate mnemonic images for meanings and for readings. This one was made in Midjourney by saraqael, who also created the submission bot.
Even with the power of AI on our side, to cover the 11,619 items on WaniKani, we will need help! This is where you come in. Join our Discord server:
You submit your creations on Discord using the /submit bot command, and they are stored in our database and immediately appear on the WaniKani website for those using our userscript. If multiple users submit creations for the same item, we vote on which one we like best.
What if I don’t have access to an AI image generator?
Everyone is welcome! You can use free AI image generators like crayon.ai, or you can draw your own - it doesn’t matter if it’s bad art as long as it’s memorable! Plus, you can watch the cool mnemonic images as they come in and help us vote on the best ones.
Images can be hand-drawn (like AmandaBear’s images), edited in Photoshop, combined into multiple-image comic strips showing a sequence of events, or you can invent and superimpose your own mnemonic text. We’re open to anything, and we vote on which ideas we like the best.
Is WaniKani going to add these to the official website?
We hope someday! But we think we have to prove out their value first. Try the userscript, join our Discord, and give us feedback. We’ll be excited to welcome you!