I think everyone who studies Japanese has a love-hate relationship with kanji. They look cool, they have so much meaning packed into so little, and they are a challenge to conquer. Yet there are so many times when you curse their very existence.
Now if you’ve finished RTK, have gotten through a significant number of Anki sentences, and are progressing with your studies quite well, kanji are probably your friend. They’ve guided you. They’ve been there for you. These are old friends that would never let you down.
However, I believe that there are some bastard-child kanji who just want attention and feel the need to make up their own rules and do whatever they damn want.
I’m not talking about crazy complex kanji that don’t belong on the face of this earth (I will discuss these eventually at some point). I’m talking about the simple kanji that you know and are familiar with. The ones that you probably learned within a few months and have never given you much trouble. But once you turn your back on them, watch out . . .
Here are the top 10 contenders. Without using a dictionary, try guessing on any of the readings of these words. Get all 10? Put yourself at legendary status.
Why can’t you just accept who you are and stop trying to be different?