New feature: stroke order diagrams for kanji!
  • Hi all,

    I know that this is something that many of you have wanted for a long, long time. And it's finally here! now has stroke order diagrams.


    I was planning on adding this to the new version of the site, but due to the problems the site has had lately I decided to accelerate the development and release it now, as my way of saying sorry.

    Practicing writing kanji is very helpful in memorization and for learning to recognize handwritten Japanese. I hope that this will be a useful resource for everyone. The stroke order diagrams should be available for most kanji that you will come by in daily life.

    The data comes from the excellent KanjiVG project ( by Ulrich Apel. The data is freely available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license. I have also released the Ruby script that I made to convert the KanjiVG data to the format that you see on the site. You can look at it here: The repository also includes the SVG files I generated with the script.

  • Nice feature.
  • That's great! Thanks, Kim!
  • awesome!
  • When I saw this, I was motivated to donate to your project. I was using another site to check stroke order, and now this consolidates my bookmarks a little more.
    Thanks for the great work.
  • incredibly useful. much thanks.
  • Very nice! This is awesome :D
    Writing kanji with pencil (havn't tried brush :P) is quite intresting, it feels so much closer to culture: writing the correct strokes in right order defined by culture and tradition. I can see why calligraphy is considered an art.
  • Yoku dekimashita!! Gokuro sama!
  • I'm glad you all like it!
  • OH YEAH!
  • These stroke diagrams are great. They are much easier to follow than the animated diagrams that Jim Breen is using over in his site. I come over to just to look at those.

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