How to Perform Research for this Dictionary:

As I only work on this dictionary in my spare time, progress has been slow, and some people have requested the ability add entries so that they can take ownership of their study process. I've finally enabled the website to take user submissions. Here are instructions for how to perform research for this dictionary from online sources.

Each entry will be visible to all other users upon submission, but will have a note attached saying that they have not been reviewed. (Until I review it.) Once I edit the character, it will be subject to GeneticKanji's copyright, and the original submission deleted.


Pronunciation consists of one or more on-readings and a kun-readings.

Meanings of the Kanji by Itself

Refer to both the Unihan Database and the JDic entry to get a sense of the core meanings of the character.


In or the setsumonkaiji 説文解字 by 許慎, look up the etymology.


In JDic, click the "any:" radio button and the "common words only (EDICT)" checkbox below the entry, and press the search button. Choose a few examples that are common.

Offline Resources

English-language kanji dictionaries. I like the The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary for its unique shape-based look-up system, its explanation of core meanings, and its grouping of example usages by core meaning, and its cross-referencing of kanji that share a pronunciation.

Japanese-language kanji dictionaries: The best one is 漢辞海 published by 三省堂. It includes etymological explanations from the 説文解字, highlighted entries for frequently used kanji, detailed usage notes, and common variants of a kanji.