Visual Dictionary of WaniKani

On the forums, people always seem to say, the best way to learn kanji is in context.

So how about we add some context?

By that, I mean, let’s create a visual dictionary. Each image should contain an example of the kanji/vocab in context. What do I mean by that? Well, there are a lot of kanji you’re bound to see in use in Japan. Buildings, roads, signs, posters, websites- they all frequently feature kanji.

Take ()(ぐち) for example. You’re pretty likely to see it as 入口 or 出入口 in real life.
So an entry for ()(ぐち) might look something like this

()(ぐち)


in context: 従業員出入口
English: Employee entrance (and exit)

Guidelines

  • The photo should have an example of the vocab visible or strongly imply it
  • Avoid copyrighted materials like manga or anime (free promotional materials are fine!)
  • follow the general community guidelines
  • if taking your own photos, please obey the rules of the place you are in (ie if they say “no photos” please don’t share your photos)
  • please don’t take photos while driving. Either pull over or ask a passenger
  • if there is a vocab item for the kanji, please go by the vocab item’s level rather than the kanji. Please only use the kanji level if there is no corresponding vocab.
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Level 1 wiki

  • ()(ぐち)


    in context: 従業員出入口
    English: Employee entrance (and exit)

  • (かわ)
    image
    (かわ)をきれいにし(たい)
    river cleaning team (river cleaning in progress)
    image
    (かわ)にゴミを()()ではありません
    The river is not a dump

  • 大人(おとな)


    大人(おとな)だけでも()れちゃう
    Only adults may enter

  • 一人(ひとり)


    context: (国内(こくない)一人(ひとり)(たび)特集(とくしゅう)
    ()ままに自分(じぶん)スタイル
    English: (domestic) Solo Travel Special Edition
    Doing it your way ((usually this style means more like physique))

  • (おお)きい
    image
    context: (おお)きい(さかな)(かげ)(しま)
    。。。でも、ポケットが いっぱいだ!(なに)かと()()える?
    ()()える
    このまま()がす
    English: Big Fish Shadow Island
    but your pockets are full! What will you it exchange it for?
    ->Exchange it
    Let it go

  • (うえ) (した)



    テント(うえ)・テント(した)
    Context: Idk brain stuff but top part of your brain and lower part of your brain

  • (やま)


    Context: 雨飾山(あまかざりさん)
    (it’s the mountain’s name)

  • ふじ(さん)


    website

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Level 2 wiki

(ほん)


(ほん)
a bookstore (frequently just marked with (ほん))

(えん)
image
五円(ごえん)
a five yen coin

(かたな)


子供(こども)(かたな)
children’s sword (aluminum blade and decorative for anyone concerned)

火山(かざん)
image
火山(かざん)
Volcano diagram

(たま)ねぎ
image
context: onion

(のぼ)
image
context: guide on how to better breathe when climbing stairs
(のぼ)(はじ)める(まえ)(いき)()
Before starting to climb (the stairs), inhale (a breath).

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Level 3 wiki

ビー玉
image
Context:ビー玉の()(かた)
How to draw marbles

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Level 4 wiki

花見 ~ Viewing Cherry Blossoms

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“お花見は自粛をお願いします。”
“Please, practice self-restraint during flower viewing” (sign about social distancing)

切手(きって)


It says something long on the right-hand side, but the first word is definitely 切手(きって) :sob: :joy: please don’t replace this, but feel free to add additional pictures…

(たけ)()
image
context: bamboo shoots

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Level 5 wiki

仕草 ~ Action (which is the worst definition in all WK. In practice it’s often like a little gesture or pose often done without thinking)


男の仕草で10題 10 men’s gesture. From here, found by typing かっこい仕草 on google.

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Level 6 wiki

本州

Context: a card based territory expansion game set in feudal japan.

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Level 7 wiki
金魚(きんぎょ)
image
Context: 金魚(きんぎょ)すくい
Goldfish fishing
(I recommend checking this one out yourself. Usually it’s a carnival/festival game where you scoop goldfish using a small, flat paper net)

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Level 8 wiki

北海道

Context: a card based territory expansion game set in feudal Japan, building on Honshu (Lvl 6.)

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Level 9 wiki

(けん)


Context: map of Japan by prefecture
Side note: only 4 prefectures don’t use ken. Can you spot all of them? Answers: 北海道(ほっかいどう)東京(とうきょう)京都(きょうと)大阪(おおさか)

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Level 10 wiki

自転車(じてんしゃ)


context: 二人(ふたり)()れる!()りたためるタンデム自転車(じてんしゃ)
((orange circle)) (やく)半分(はんぶん)のサイズに!
English: Can be ridden by two people! FOLDING tandem bicycle
((orange circle))(Becomes) about half the size!

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Level 11 wiki

初級(しょきゅう)中級(ちゅうきゅう)上級(じょうきゅう)


Context: beginner, intermediate, and advanced modular origami

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Level 12 wiki

(まつ)


夏祭(なつまつ)用品(ようひん)レンタル
Summer festival goods rental


音楽祭(おんがくまつ)
Music festival

*note for (まつり), you often see it written as (まつ)り although WK teaches it without the kana combination

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Level 13 wiki

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Level 14 wiki

(のぼ)


context: book about mountain climbing
親切(しんせつ)マップで(のぼ)る3時間登山(とざん)
Easy to understand maps for (mountain) climbing
3 hour mountain climbing (routes)

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Level 15 wiki

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Level 16 wiki

()(がみ)


Context:()(がみ)金魚(きんぎょ)すくいの「ぽい」
Origami goldfish scooping scoop
video link

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Level 17 wiki

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Level 18 wiki

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Level 19 wiki

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