Michael Rowley's KanjiPictoGraphix Dragon Book: Blood, Fire, and Spirit

Michael Rowley's KanjiPictoGraphix Dragon Book: Blood, Fire, and Spirit

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by Michael Rowley
     
 

Kanji come to life with over 250 graphically illustrated mnemonics for learning essential Japanese characters. Colorful pages are filled with horses and tigers, palaces and pulpits, kings and lunatics, samurai and wizards. A world of soldiers, swords, spies, demons, fire, smoke, gushing blood, and dragons with claws and fangs.

While the format looks and feels

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Kanji come to life with over 250 graphically illustrated mnemonics for learning essential Japanese characters. Colorful pages are filled with horses and tigers, palaces and pulpits, kings and lunatics, samurai and wizards. A world of soldiers, swords, spies, demons, fire, smoke, gushing blood, and dragons with claws and fangs.

While the format looks and feels more like a colorful story book than a textbook, KanjiPictoGraphix Dragon Book taps powerful learning methods derived from Rowley’s career as an educational therapist and professor of information design.

The book begins with an ‘Elements’ chart of the building blocks of Japanese written language. Pages are organized into clusters of characters with common elements and meanings. The result is a semantic, meaningful narrative that makes learning the complex written forms easy to understand and remember. The hundreds of visual mnemonics draw upon a combination of visuals with genuine etymological roots along with contemporary visual interpretations to help you learn to read Japanese kanji quickly and joyfully.

Kanji are over 2,000 years old, so you will see some non-PC imagery that reflects ancient ideas about religion, women, men, children, animals, and old people. Rather than whitewash this, the book illustrates the meanings and ideas of an ancient, beautiful, and, at times, provocative language.

Michael Rowley is the founder and creative director at VizCab.com, a family-run print and mobile media design and branding business in Silicon Valley, California. He is the author of KanjiPictoGraphix for iPhone and iPad. His Twitter feed @KanjPicto distills and dissects the meanings of Japanese kanji vocabulary words. Early in his career Michael worked as an educational therapist at the Dannen School at La Cañada, taught English at Chaminade University Tokyo, digital imaging at The American Film Institute in Hollywood, and information design at Art Center Pasadena. He lives with his sweetheart, Kiki, and their four dogs and is a volunteer at ProjectRescueMe.com, an organization to rescue animals and end petlessness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611720006
Publisher:
Stone Bridge Press
Publication date:
12/11/2012
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
1,088,820
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Michael Rowley is a graphic designer and illustrator who has worked on books, websites, and contemporary iconography.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mnemonics are wonderful. I like the size of the book. It feels like a travel map. Great for reading on plane or train. The illustrations have a bold graphic quality. The book has 250 kanji. You'll need to learn about 2,000 kanji. The kanji in the book are the most used in newspapers and books, so it's a great place to start. Actually, the first place to start is with Kana Pictographix — another recommended book for learning Japanese.