Is there a good website that contains etymological explanations about the 2000 most important Kanji?

I'm looking for something like this: http://tokyogreenspace.com/2009/08/05/weed-in-kanji-the-language-of-nature/ Could be shorter of course.

  • I just typed "kanji etymology" into Google, and clicked the first result. It seems to be what you want, except maybe that you have to type the kanji yourself, which doesn't seem to be a big deal to me. (It also seems to be more correct than that website you linked to, which simply breaks the characters up into radicals and invents a story around them.)
    – Billy
    Sep 15, 2012 at 17:45
  • hey, you mean kanjinetworks.com? it seems the search option does not work as anonymous user. After I logged in everythink works. Yes, it basically does what I was looking for. Do you want to add an answer? Thanks.
    – Andreas
    Sep 15, 2012 at 18:34
  • Doesn't it? The search works for me!
    – Billy
    Sep 15, 2012 at 18:42
  • In response to a similar question, a user posted their meta-search of several etymology websites: japanese.stackexchange.com/a/2675/1478
    – user1478
    Sep 15, 2012 at 18:59
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    On Meta there is a question about resources with a rather good section filled with dictionaries.
    – Alenanno
    Sep 15, 2012 at 22:41

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  • If you recommend this website then perhaps you could add it to the resources page on the meta site?
    – Tim
    Sep 16, 2012 at 1:58
  • Note: this link now goes to a site talking about the morning after pill
    – David Liu
    Oct 10, 2017 at 18:24
  • this site no longer exists Jun 9, 2019 at 22:16

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