This site introduces the changes of Japanese writing systems from 7th Century to Now in simple Japanese and photos and links for Japanese learners
This website was created by Prof. Naoko Nemoto of Mount Holyoke College, as a part of her project through the Five College Blended Learning Initiative. Her project was supported by generous grants from the Five College Consortium and Mount Holyoke College.
CHAPTER 1: Introduction (Four different kinds of characters) 四種の文字
CHAPTER 2: Before Hiragana/katakana ひらがな／カタカナ以前
CHAPTER 3: Development of Kana system—From Archaeology かなの発達（考古学から）
CHAPTER 4: Use of Kana and Kanji–Before Meiji 明治以前のかなの使い方
CHAPTER 5: Use of Kana and Kanji–After Meiji 明治以降のかなの使い方