Getting Started

Feel free to use any of the premade decks; however, creating your own cards will be much more powerful.

Each card has a front and back.
The front contains the sentence with the character you are studying missing. This prompts you to write the character (preferably with pen and paper).
If you get it right you pass it, if you write it incorrectly or forget the character you fail it.


It really is as simple as that. Kioku does all the work for you and will show you the card again once it is ready to be reviewed!

Creating Cards

The best practice for making cards is to choose kanji you:

  • Struggle with writing
  • Need to study for a test
  • Find interesting

Kioku shines best when you make cards for kanji you infrequently write and need a system in place to practice them.

Card Fields

Character: The kanji you want to practice.

Reading: The reading of the character in the sentence. Can be left blank, but is encouraged to fill so that you have more context.

Sentence: A sentence containing the character used in context. This will be shown on the front with the character omited.

Notes: Anything else that you would like to include on the back side of the card. In the premade decks the notes contain the english translation of the sentence.

Best Practices

  • Adding 10 cards a day will eventually lead to a consistent 70 reviews a day. You can expect this to take about an thirty minutes of review time and it is not recommended to exceed 10 new cards a day since the reviews will pile up.
  • Try to review daily to get the best results, but don't be worried if you miss any reviews since the SRS is paused until you review your cards.