Wolfgang Hadamitzky


Japan-related Textbooks, Dictionaries, and Reference Works



Works: Books


All publications are arranged according to the year of the first appearance.
For the German-language books an English-language version of the title is added in brackets.



::::: 1977–1979 :::::

Kanji & Kana 1979 Kanji & Kana: Lehrbuch und Lexikon der japanischen Schrift
[Kanji & Kana: Handbook and Dictionary of the Japanese Writing System]
Tokyo: Enderle Book Co. 1979. 378 pp. Including test templates

The first part of the book is a general introduction to the Japanese writing system. The body of the text lists the 1,900 Tōyō Kanji, organized according to frequency of occurrence, complexity and didactic criteria. Each character is given in brush, handwritten and printed form, and contains the following data: stroke direction and stroke order; officially recognized readings (pronunciation) and German meanings; usually five compounds, with romanization, German meanings, and cross-reference numbers to the main entries for the other characters in the compounds. The kanji are fully indexed by the on-kun readings, by stroke count, and by radical.

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Kanji & Kana: Übungsheft/Practice Book/Cahier d’exercise. 1–3
Tokyo: Enderle Book Co. 1977. Each vol. approx. 200 pp.

The three Practice Books offer a systematic approach to learning how to write Japanese characters. They include the hiragana and katakana syllabaries and the 1,900 Tōyō Kanji in pen form, printed in light gray and serving as a practice template to trace over. With empty squares in which to write the entry kanji and the compounds.




::::: 1978–1980 :::::

Kanji & Kana 1980 Kanji & Kana: Langenscheidts Lehrbuch und Lexikon der japanischen Schrift
[Kanji & Kana. Langenscheidt's Handbook and Dictionary of the Japanese Writing System]
Berlin: Langenscheidt 1980. 379 pp. Including test templates.
Revised edition 1995–1979

This 1st edition is identical with the Enderle edition of 1979.

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Kanji und Kana: Langenscheidts Übungsbuch zur japanischen Schrift. 1–3
[Kanji and Kana. Langenscheidt Practice Books for Writing Japanese. 1–3]
Berlin: Langenscheidt 1978. Each vol. approx. 200 pp.

The content is identical with the Enderle edition of 1977.

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::::: 1981 :::::

Kanji & Kana 1981 Kanji & Kana: A Handbook of the Japanese Writing System.
With Mark Spahn.
Rutland (Vermont) and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co. 1981. 392 pp.
Revised edition 1997

Kanji & Kana is a comprehensive guide to the reading and writing of the Japanese language, providing all information needed to master basic characters (kanji) and the syllabaries (kana). The kanji are fully indexed by the on-kun readings, by stroke count, and by radical, making it possible to use the book as a concise character dictionary.

– 1,945 basic characters (Jōyō Kanji) with readings and meanings
– Up to five useful compounds for each character
– Compounds formed of characters introduced earlier, with cross-references
– Characters presented in brush, pen, and printed forms with stroke order
– Twelve tables: syllabaries, radicals, etc.
– Explanations of the writing, history, etc., of Japanese
– Three indexes: by readings, stroke count, radicals

French edition: Berlin, Ostasien-Verlag 1984, Paris, J. Maisonneuve 1987
Hungarian edition: Budapest, Scholastica 1995

C-64 edition on floppy disks: Berlin, Ostasien-Verlag 1986; CD-ROM edition in 7 languages, marketed as MacSUNRISE Script: Berlin, JAPAN Media 1989

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::::: 1985, 1987–1990 :::::

Langenscheidts Praktisches Lehrbuch Japanisch. Band 1–3
[Langenscheidt's Practical Textbook of Japanese. Volumes 1–3]
With Kimiko Fujie-Winter
Berlin: Langenscheidt 1987–1990.
Revised edition of Volume 2
Vol. 1: 1987. ISBN 3-468-26190-X
Vol. 2: 1988. ISBN 3-468-26195-0
Vol. 3: 1990. ISBN 3-468-26197-7

A systematic introduction to the Japanese language and how it is written. Each lesson consists of “Lesson texts”, “Vocabulary”, “Example sentences”, “Grammar”, “Writing”, “Exercises”, “Solutions”, and a “Vocabulary index”.
1st edition of Volume 1 was published in 1985 by Ostasien-Verlag in Berlin.
English-language edition von Volumes 1 (1985) and 2 (1991) was published by JAPAN Media in Berlin as Japanese. Step 1.2.

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Supplementary material:

Schlüssel und Tonkassetten
[Practice Key and Audiotapes]

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Langenscheidts Praktischer Sprachlehrgang Japanisch
[Langenscheidt's Practical Course of Spoken Japanese]
Berlin: Langenscheidt 1987. Book and audiotape

Special edition of “Langenscheidts Praktisches Lehrbuch Japanisch” volume 1 + audiotapes.

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::::: 1989 :::::

Japanese Character Dictionary. With Compound Look-up via Any Kanji
Japanese title (Kan-Ei jukugo ribāsu jiten)
With Mark Spahn and Kimiko Fujie-Winter
Tokyo: Nichigai Associates 1989. 1,669 pp.
Revised edition 1996

Lists 5,906 characters (7,054 counting variants) and nearly 47,000 multi-character compounds with their English meanings. Entries are arranged according to the 79-Radical System used in The Kanji Dictionary, The Learner's Kanji Dictionary, and the radical index of Kanji & Kana, among others.

All characters and compounds can be looked up alphabetically by the Readings Index.

What makes this dictionary unique among character dictionaries is that every compound is listed under each of its constituent characters. This multiple listing feature enables the user to look up the desired compound under whichever of its kanji he finds easiest to locate.

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::::: 1990– :::::

Bibliography of Japan: German-language Publications on Japan
[German parallel title: Japan-Bibliografie]
With Marianne Rudat-Kocks

Series A: Monographs, Periodicals, Maps. 1477–1985. Vols. 1–3/2. 1990–1997
Series B: Articles. 1611–1985. Vol. 1–. 1997–
München: K.G. Saur 1990–2008; Berlin: de Gruyter 2011–

Series A
Vol. 1: 1477–1920. 1990. XXVI, 419 pp. ISBN 3-598-22146-0
Vol. 2: 1921–1950. 1993. XI, 258 pp. ISBN 3-598-22149-5
Vol. 3/1: 1951–1970. 1995. XVI, 282 pp. ISBN 3-598-22152-5
Vol. 3/2: 1971–1985. 1997. XIV, 434 pp. ISBN 3-598-22156-8

Series B
Vol. 1/1: 1611–1900. 1998. XX, 409 pp. ISBN 3-598-22147-9
Vol. 1/2: 1901–1910. 1999. XVIII, 384 pp. ISBN 3-598-22148-7
Vol. 1/3: 1911–1920. 2000. XVIII, 319 pp. ISBN 3-598-22157-6
Vol. 2/1: 1921–1930. 2007. XVIII, 384 pp. ISBN 3-598-22150-9
Vol. 2/2: 1931–1937. 2008. XIX, 551 pp. ISBN 3-598-22151-4
Vol. 2/3: 1938–1950. 2011. XIX, 504 pp. ISBN 978-3-598-22158-3

The Bibliography lists the German-language books and articles published on Japan between 1477 and 1985.

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::::: 1991 :::::

A Guide to Writing Kanji & Kana. A Self-Study Workbook for Learning Japanese Characters. Book 1 and 2
With Mark Spahn
Rutland (Vermont) and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co. 1991

Book 1: All hiragana and katakana, 778 kanji. 312 pp. ISBN 0-8048-3392-3
Book 2: Kanji 779–1,945. 312 pp. ISBN 0-8048-3505-5

The two Practice Books offer a systematic approach to learning how to write Japanese characters. They include the hiragana and katakana syllabaries and the 1,945 Jōyō Kanji in pen form, printed in light gray and serving as a practice template to trace over. With empty squares in which to write the entry kanji and the compounds. All characters can be looked up alphabetically by the readings index at the end of each volume.

Sample pages:
p. 6: Explanation of the character entries (636 KB)
p. 7: Hiragana あ and い (344 KB)
p. 51: Katakana ロ and ワ (360 KB)
p. 129: Kanji 所 and 場 (412 KB)
p. 270: Kanji 厚、宴、客、各 (536 KB)
p. 305: Index by readings (516 KB)

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::::: 1995–1997 :::::

Kanji und Kana. Langenscheidts Handbuch und Lexikon der japanischen Schrift. 1.2
[Kanji and Kana. Langenscheidt's Handbook and Dictionary of the Japanese Writing System]
[Vol.] 1: Handbuch [Handbook]. 1995 (1st ed. 1980). 430 pp.
[Vol.] 2: Wörterbuch [Dictionary]. 1997. 446 pp.
Berlin: Langenscheidt 1995–1997

Revised and expanded edition. In addition to reworking and updating the main text, a section has been added covering the 284 kanji officially recognized for use in given names (the Jinmei-yō Kanji). The most striking new feature is a separate German-Japanese/Japanese-German dictionary that lists, in alphabetical order by their reading, all the individual kanji and multiple-kanji compounds and names that appear in the Handbook.

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::::: 1996 :::::

The Kanji Dictionary. Find Any Compound Using Any of Its Component Characters
Japanese title (Kanji jukugo jiten)
With Mark Spahn
Rutland (Vermont), Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co. 1996. 1,748 pp.
ISBN 0-8048-2058-9

Revised and expanded edition of the Japanese Character Dictionary (1989).

Lists 5,910 characters (7,062 counting variants) and over 48,000 multi-character compounds with their readings and English meanings. Entries are arranged according to the 79-Radical System used in The Learner's Kanji Dictionary, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Surnames and How to Read Them, and in the radical index of Kanji & Kana, among others.

What makes this dictionary unique among character dictionaries is that every compound is listed under each of its constituent characters. This multiple listing feature enables the user to look up the desired compound under whichever of its kanji he finds easiest to locate.

And with the alphabetically arranged index of kanji readings at the back of the dictionary, the user can look up a character via any of its known readings (or look up a compound via any of the readings of any of its characters), without having to determine radicals or count strokes.

Included in the revised edition are 50 pages of bilingual appendices (tables, lists, and maps).

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::::: 1997–2009 :::::

Kanji & Kana 1981
Kanji & Kana 1997
Japanese Kanji & Kana 2008
Japanese Kanji and Kana. A Guide to the Japanese Writing System. With Mark Spahn
Revised edition. Rutland (Vermont) and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co. 1997. 427 pp.
(Tuttle Language Library)
First edition 1981

Japanese Kanji and Kana (1981–2007: Kanji & Kana) is a comprehensive guide to the reading and writing of the Japanese language, providing all information needed to master basic characters (kanji) and the syllabaries (kana). It contains all 1,945 Jōyō Kanji plus a handy supplement of the 284 Jinmei-yō Kanji used in given names.

The first part of the book is a general introduction to the Japanese writing system. Topics discussed include the history, orthography, usage, reading, and writing of kanji and kana, as well as punctuation, romanization, and guidelines for using Japanese reference books.

The body of the text is a convenient listing of the Jōyō Kanji with their officially recognized readings and most important definitions. Up to five compounds are given for each kanji, using only kanji that have been introduced earlier. All Jōyō Kanji are presented in brush, pen, and printed forms, with the stroke order clearly indicated.

The kanji are fully indexed by the on-kun readings, by stroke count, and by radical, making it possible to use the book as a concise character dictionary.

Also included are twenty tables, covering such things as the 214 historical radicals, the rules for determining the radical of a kanji, and the derivation of kana.

Sample pages:
The Table of Contents (388 KB)
From the text body (416 KB)
From the Index of Radicals (596 KB)
From the Index by Stroke Count (532 KB)
From the Index by Readings (468 KB)
The 79 Radicals (without variants) (188 KB)
Checklist for Determining the Radical of a Character (344 KB)

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Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Japanisch-Deutsch – Zeichenwörterbuch
[German-language edition of the Japanese Character Dictionary]
With M. Spahn, O. Putz, H. Arnold-Kanamori, T. Frischkorn, N. Günther
Berlin: Langenscheidt 1997. 1,784 pp. ISBN 3-468-02190-9

With 7,000 kanji and approx. 47,000 compounds, this is the most detailed character dictionary in German language.

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::::: 1998 :::::

The Learner's Kanji Dictionary
With Mark Spahn
Rutland (Vermont) and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co. 1998. 906 pp.
ISBN 0-8048-3556-X

The purpose of this Learner's Kanji Dictionary is to offer a handy and easy-to-use tool to look up the readings and meanings of Japanese words and names written with Chinese characters (kanji).

Each kanji entry is presented in extra-large form, with its strokes labeled in order by small numbers 1, 2, 3, ... positioned at the beginning of each stroke to show how the kanji is to be written. Handwritten pen and variant forms are also given, along with the character's general structure and components (graphemes).

The dictionary lists the most important 2,882 characters and 12,073 multi-character compounds, including all 1,945 Jōyō Kanji decreed for general use plus all 284 Jinmei-yō Kanji sanctioned for use in given names. In addition, the most frequently used approximately 700 surnames and 600 given names have been added.

One feature that makes this dictionary particularly useful for a beginner, or anyone else, is that every compound is listed under each of its characters. This multiple listing makes it possible to look up a compound under whichever of its characters is quickest to find, and it is a big help in deciphering sloppy handwriting or a blurred fax.

Entries are arranged according to the 79-Radicals System used in The Kanji Dictionary and in the Radical Index of Kanji & Kana, among others.

And with the alphabetically arranged index of kanji readings at the back of the dictionary, the user can look up a character via any of its known readings (or look up a compound via any of the readings of any of its characters), without having to determine radicals or count strokes.

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Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Surnames and How to Read Them
125,947 Japanese, 594 Chinese, and 259 Korean Surnames Written with Kanji as They Appear in Japanese Texts. Vol. 1 (Part I and Part II) and 2
München: K. G. Saur 1998. ISBN 3-598-11334-X
Vol. 1: From Characters to Readings. 1,145 pp.
Vol. 2: From Readings to Characters. 405 pp.


This dictionary enables the user to look up the pronunciation of a Japanese, Chinese, or Korean surname given in kanji (Chinese characters used in Japan), or conversely, given the romanized pronunciation of a surname, to look up how it is spelled in kanji.

More than 126,000 Japanese, 594 Chinese, and 259 Korean surnames are listed, in two volumes. Volume 1 is for looking up the readings of surnames given in kanji, and Volume 2 is for looking up the kanji spelling of surnames given in romanization.

In Volume 1, the 3,268 kanji and 123,532 kanji compounds used for surnames are arranged according to the 79-Radical System. This is the same radical system as in The Kanji Dictionary, The Learner's Kanji Dictionary, and in the radical index of Kanji & Kana, making it quick and easy to find further information about any kanji, if desired. Within the 79-Radical-System each kanji has a unique identifier – called its “descriptor” – under which it is listed in all reference books that use this search system.

Every name made up of two or more kanji is listed under each of its kanji. This multiple listing feature makes it possible to look up a multi-character name under whichever of its characters is the quickest to find. It is also a big help in deciphering sloppy handwriting or a blurred fax.

In Volume 2, all surnames are arranged in alphebetical order of their romanized spelling.

Japanese, Chinese, and Korean surnames are all romanized with a slightly modified version of the Hepburn (Japanese) pronunciation. In addition, Chinese surnames are spelled in Pyinyin and Wade-Giles romanization, and Korean surnames are transcribed in McCune-Reischauer, in a transcription based on katakana-style-Korean pronunciation, and, in some cases, another widely used romanization.

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::::: 2002 :::::

Japanisch-deutsches Zeichenwörterbuch
[German-language edition of The Learner's Kanji Dictionary]
With Mark Spahn, Otto Putz, Horst Arnold-Kanamori, Thomas Frischkorn, Norman Günther
Hamburg: Helmut Buske Verlag 2002. XXII. 873 pp.
ISBN 3-87548-320-0

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::::: 2005 :::::

Japanisch. Grundstufe 2
[Japanese. Step 2]
With Kimiko Fujie-Winter and Yoshiko Watanabe-Rögner. Revised by Aya Puster and Arno Moriwaki.
Ludwigshafen: Aya Puster Verlag 2005. 201 pp. With audio CD.
ISBN 3-9806662-6-3

Revised edition of Langenscheidts Praktisches Lehrbuch Japanisch. Band 2.

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::::: 2011–2012 :::::

Japanese Kanji and Kana. A Complete Guide to the Japanese Writing System. With Mark Spahn. 3rd, revised edition.
Tokyo, Rutland (Vermont), Singapore: Tuttle Publishing 2011. 424 pp.
ISBN 978-4-8053-1116-5
E-Book (Kindle Edition) 2013. ISBN 978-1-4629-1018-2

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Kanji & Kana. Manuel et lexique des 2.141 caractères officiels de l’écriture japonais. 5e édition entièrement revue. Avec Pierre Durmous et Violaine Mochizuki.
Paris: Jean Maisonneuve Successeur 2011. 423 pp.
ISBN 978-2-7200-1200-6

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Supplementary index:
Kanji & Kana. Index alphabétique des 14 000 mots français simples et composés, expressions usuelles et noms propres japonais extraits du Kanji & Kana, Manuel et lexique ... 2011.
Paris: Jean Maisonneuve Successeur 2014. 173 pp.
ISBN 978-2-7200-1201-3


Kanji und Kana. Die Welt der japanischen Schrift in einem Band. Lernbuch und Lexikon. [Revised and enlarged edition]
München: iudicium 2012. 424 pp.
ISBN 978-3-86205-087-1

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::::: 2013 :::::

Japanisch-deutsches Zeichenwörterbuch
With Mark Spahn, Otto Putz, Horst Arnold-Kanamori, Thomas Frischkorn, Norman Günther

Hamburg: Buske 2013. 2nd, revised edition. XXII, 873 pp.
ISBN 978-3-87548-662-9

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::::: 2016 :::::

Kanji e Kana. Manuale e lessico di scrittura giapponese. Traduzione italiana a cura di Mario Vincenzo Casale e Silvio Calzolari.
Berlin 2016. 424 pp. Format: PDF

Sample pages:
INDICE DEI CONTENUTI (188 KB)
Regole basilari per la scrittura a mano (36 KB)
Consigli per lo studio e la memorizzazione dei caratteri (211 KB)
Commenti alla lista dei jōyō-kanji (116 KB)
Lista dei jōyō-kanji (4.6 MB)
Indice dei radicali (629 KB)
Indice del numero di tratti (629 KB)
Indice delle letture (627 KB)

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