While my Japanese vocabulary may not be perfect, I really enjoy studying kanji. And while kanji seem hard, they have helped me communicate more than I could even imagine! Many times when I m at a loss for words, I ll draw out a kanji in the air to someone and suddenly we both understand each other. Since it can be said that many kanji come from pictures, it seems the common phrase A picture is worth a thousand words. ( 百聞は一見にしかず in Japanese, I believe) really is true.