Remembering the Kanji 3: Writing and Reading the Japanese Characters for Upper Level Proficiency, 3rd Edition
368pp. September 2012
Remembering the Kanji 3: Writing and Reading the Japanese Characters for Upper Level Proficiency, 3rd Edition
Author: Heisig, James W.;
Students who have learned to read and write the kanji taught in Japanese schools run into the same difficulty that Japan university students themselves face: the number of characters included in the approved list is not sufficient for advanced reading and writing. Although each academic specialization requires supplementary kanji of its own, there is considerable overlap. With that in mind, this book employs the same methods as Volumes 1 and 2 of Remembering the Kanji to introduce additional characters useful for upper-level proficiency, bringing the total of all three volumes to 3,000 kanji.

The 3rd edition has been updated to reflect the 196 new kanji approved by the government in 2010, all of which have been relocated in Volume 1. The selection of 800 new kanji is based on frequency lists and cross-checked against a number of standard Japanese kanji dictionaries.

Separate parts of the book are devoted to learning the writing and reading of these characters. The writing requires only a handful of new “primitive elements.” A few are introduced as compound primitives (“measure words”) or as alternative forms for standard kanji. The majority of the kanji are organized according to the elements introduced in Volume 1.

As in Volume 2, Chinese readings are arranged into groups for easy reference, enabling the student to take advantage of the readings assigned to “signal primitives” already learned.

Seven indexes include hand-drawn samples of the new characters introduced and cumulative lists of the key word and primitive meaning, and of the Chinese and Japanese pronunciations, that appear in all 3 volumes of the series.
Author: Heisig, James W.;
James W. Heisig is professor and permanent research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan.
Read Chapter 1 (PDF).

Part I: Writing 
1 New Primitives and Kanji Primitives  
2 Major Primitive Elements 
3 Miscellaneous Kanji 
4 Western Measurements 
5 Phonetic Characters 
6 Old and Alternate Forms 

Part II: Reading 
7 Old Pure Groups 
8 New Pure Groups 
9 Semi-Pure Groups 
10 Mixed Groups 
11 A Potpourri of Readings 
12 Kanji with No Chinese Readings 
13 Readings of Old and Alternate Forms 

Index I Kanji 
Index II Primitive Elements 
Index III Signal Primitives 
Index IV Kanji in Stroke Order 
Index V Chinese Readings 
Index VI Japanese Readings 
Index VIII Key Words and Primitive Meanings