Basic Japanese Language Course SKIP Code, a Short Introduction
Finding a kanji
Jack Halpern, in his New Japanese-English Character Dictionary, presents a very useful way to find kanji that you can see, but don't know how to pronounce.
A SKIP code is composed of three numbers, such as 2-7-5.
The first number indicates one of the four possible visual styles of the kanji.
The remaining two numbers are usually stroke-count information.
Once you have identified the SKIP code of a kanji, you can search for it e.g. in the
Or you can enter the SKIP code here and search for the
kanji with this SKIP code.
Usually there are about 5 up to 30 different kanji for one SKIP code, but even in a list with 30 kanji it's easy to find the one you're looking for.
The Visual Style of a Kanji
Look at the kanji in question and decide if it can visually be divided
as (choose the first that applies):
style 1 : into left and right sides, such as:
style 2 : into top and bottom parts, such as:
style 3 : into an enclosing structure and an internal structure, such as:
some of these can be a bit tricky.
style 4 : none of the above, such as:
The style number that applies is the first number of the SKIP code.
For styles 1, 2 and 3:
For styles 1, 2 and 3 count the strokes in the left/upper/enclosing part and
then the number of strokes left in the right/lower/internal part.
These two numbers, along with the 1, 2 or 3, form your SKIP code.
is a left/right style (style 1), so the code begins with 1-. The left side has four strokes, and the right half has 5, so the entire SKIP code is 1-4-5.
If you search only via this SKIP code, the various characters that match will be displayed, and from the list you can select the one in question.
The SKIP codes for the examples shown above are: