It ocurred to me recently that even though Wanikani teaches you the kanji 浅 at level 15, and 草 at level 5, at no point does the Almighty Crabigator pat you on the head and say “congratulations, now you’re able to read 浅草” (i.e. Asakusa, the location of Senso-ji and the Kaminarimon). I mean, I get that it’s a kanji learning machine and not a geography quiz, but sometimes I just think its nice to know that your knowledge has meaning in the real world.
So I thought I’d make up a massive list of Japanese geographic terms, and the level at which you’ve learnt all the component kanji. And here it is:
So far I’ve only done prefectures and regions, cities, towns and villages. The number in the “Level Learnt” column is the level at which every kanji in the name has been taught to you - if “#N/A” appears, it means there’s at least one kanji in the name that WaniKani never teaches you, which means you’ll need to learn to spot them on your own or forever hold your peace. (A surprising number of places I’ve actually visited come up as #N/A, which is kind of interesting.) Please note that you still may not be able to read the place names, just recgonise them (神戸, I’m looking at you, here).
As a further pet project, I’m also intending to do the list of all train stations in Tokyo (as a way of listing all the neighbourhoods), but oh boy there’s one and a half thousand of them, and I haven’t been able to Google up a complete list of their names in kanji meaning I’d have to write them all out manually, and also / or otherwise, a list of the most famous sightseeing places with TripAdvisor’s list as a guide, but where do I stop?
If anyone else wants to suggest a list of things they’d be interested in seeing on my spreadsheet, feel free to post it here.