Remembering The Hiragana

Remembering the Hiragana by James W. Heisig uses a phonetic memory technique to teach you Japanese hiragana. The book’s subtitle is “A complete course on how to teach yourself the Japanese syllabary in 3 hours”.

The book is very much designed for self-study and it guides the reader step-by-step through the hiragana, providing a story with which to memorize each character.

Originally self-published, Remembering the Hiragana is currently available as part of “Remembering the Kana: A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each” published in 2007 by the University of Hawaii Press.

It’s important to note that Heisig is an American so speakers of British English and people unfamilar with American culture may find the book harder to use, although it’s easy to adapt the system as necessary.