- Hardcover: 1616 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (September 15, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804820368
- ISBN-13: 978-0804820363
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This reigning authority on Japanese character definitions is based on missionary-scholar Nelson's first 1962 edition of The Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary. Essential for all Japanese and East Asian studies collections." —Library Journal
"One of the best and most concise Kanji dictionaries." —Goodreads
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New technologies allow readers to deploy i-phones in deciphering a single "kanji" or single phrase, but such methods cannot offer what hard-copy dictionaries like Nelson's do. In the first instance, there is no way to competently understand Japanese without an appreciation of the traditional Chinese system of 214 radicals, the method by which kanji are identified and arrayed in both Japanese and Chinese ideographic dictionaries. Further, only by perusing at one's leisure--radical by radical-- pages within such a dictionary can a student see patterns in word and concept derivation. The current Nelson edition, like its predecessors, offers critical introductory material, especially in explaining the radical system, as well as important appendices. It will serve you well for years to come, becoming a treasured friend.
The only reason I would not give this dictionary a five out of five is because it doesn't have the names of the kanji translated into kana. Other than that this book is a must have for serious students of Japanese language.