Hiragana & Katakana Risograph Chart A3 Print

£15.00£25.00

  • These hiragana and katakana chart riso prints are ideal not only for those just getting started with learning Japanese but for anyone who admires the beautiful Japanese syllabary “alphabets.”
  • Each print is A3 size (297 x 420 mm / 11.7 x 16.5 in) and printed on cream-coloured 175gsm Colorplan paper—the iconic, British-made series from G.F Smith. Colorplan papers are acid-free and FSC Approved. Printed in Nottingham, the UK by Dizzy Ink print studio.
  • Prints are packaged in cello bags with rigid cardboard inserts and shipped in flat mailers.
  • Each A3 print features 46 of the basic ‘kana’ characters, pronunciation in ‘romaji’ underneath, and a sample vocabulary word with an accompanying illustration.
  • While most kana charts in Japan are targeted toward young children, the slightly retro-style and word choices in these prints are designed with older language learners in mind.
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Description

What is hiragana and katakana?

The Japanese reading and writing system is a mixture of three “alphabets”—hiragana, katakana, and iconic kanji characters adopted from Chinese. Hiragana and katakana are “syllabaries”—meaning each character represents a sound or syllable—the building blocks of words. For example, the word ‘kimono’ in Japanese has three syllables: ki-mo-no, and each syllable corresponds to a character on the hiragana chart.

The cursive-style hiragana characters are primarily used for native Japanese vocabulary and grammatical elements, and the more boxy, modern-looking katakana characters are primarily used for loanwords, onomatopoeia, and scientific names, and so on. All three writing systems are integral for learning Japanese, and it’s recommended that beginner learner of Japanese start by memorising the hiragana and katakana charts.

Hanging these prints in a convenient area of your home or office will be a great way to keep motivated and prepare you to move on to the next steps of your Japanese journey!

What is a riso print?

These prints use risograph technology, a method of printing developed in Japan in the mid-1980s. It can be described as a mix between screenprinting and photocopying. The risograph process produces prints with extremely vibrant, crisp inks, and sometimes these inks overlap during the printing process to create interesting and unique details.

Geri Draws

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Hello, everyone! My name is Geri Coady—I’m an illustrator and designer with a passion for Japanese travel, food, and culture. Seven years ago I worked as an art director in a Canadian advertising agency, but for the past six years I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator in Nottingham, England, with clients located around the globe.

My other interests include photography, coffee culture, and running. I study Japanese daily to work toward my goal of being fluent. In February of 2017, I appeared in the TV Tokyo program 「世界!ニッポン行きたい人応援団」also known as “Who Wants to Come to Japan?” in English. You can read more about my experience filming for Japanese TV on my blog post.

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Shipping Transit Times per region

UK: 1-3 working days

US: 7-14 working days

EU: 5-10 working days

Rest of the World: 7-14 working days

 

UK Deliveries

Items are sent via Royal Mail 1st class in the UK. Shipping prices are calculated during the checkout process. Orders over £50 are sent via recorded delivery.

Shipped internationally from Nottingham, United Kingdom. Shipping prices are calculated during the checkout process.

 

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Items shipped outside the UK are sent via Royal Mail International Standard Airmail. No tracking codes are available for this service.

Depending on your location, items can sometimes take up to 21 working days to arrive (including Japan, Australia and the USA), however, it's generally around 5-7 working days.

 

Shipping Rates per region

UK

Accessories - £1.75

A3 Prints - £3.75

A4 Prints- £1.75

US

Accessories - £4.26

A3 Prints - £16

A4 Prints - £6

EU

Accessories - £4.25

A3 Prints - £10

A4 Prints - £6

Rest of the World

Accessories - £4.25

A3 Prints - £10

A4 Prints - £6

 

Cancellation / Return / Exchange Policy

Returns

You can return your product within 28 days of receipt and you will give a full refund. The item must return to me in its original saleable condition (please note that my wrapped print packs must not be opened). The customer is responsible for the shipping and additional postage charges.

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If your item is damaged on arrival, please let us know by email and then send it back to me within 14 days of the delivery date. Once received, you will be sent a new one. In this instance, return postage will be refunded to you.

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