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The initial idea behind these tools was born in 1995 when the author had spent one year in Japan and wished he had a lookup tool for browsing Japanese kanji and their compounds. When returning home, he also had accumulated a large collection of paper flashcards he did not want to simply abandon so he also needed a system that provided an overview of the cards and their status.

More than 25 years have passed since then. Technology has changed a lot - Pocket PC and Palm Pilot  have appeared and disappeared again... but the project is still alive, with the aim of using current technology like handwriting recognition for studying and retaining kanji.