Kanji Dice

(8 customer reviews)


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This is the inital run of specialty numbered polyhderal Druid’s Dice and single d20s in assorted woods using that have been numbered in Kanji. This ancient numbering system is still in use in Japan and China. Kanji was brought to Japan during the 5th century AD when the Chinese scholar Wani arrived in Japan as an emissary during the reign of Emperor Ojin. In fact the literal translation of Kanji is “Han Characters” or “Chinese Characters”. Now-famous Japanese mathematician Seki Takakazu used a combination of Kanji and a much older form of Chinese numbers called Counting Rods to make several advances in Eastern Algebra.

Kanji Numbers are read as follows:

Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Japanese ichi ni san shi go roku shichi hachi ku

Kanji DiceKanji numbers are read a bit differently once double-digits are reached. The symbols  十一 would be jû ichi, which translates roughly as ten and one, whereas in English we would say eleven. The number 20 in Kanji is written as 二十 or ni-jû, roughly two tens. Anything past the number 20 is a bit out of the scope of this article, so if you want to read more about Kanji, head over to Omniglot, which has information on different languages and numbering systems.



This limited introductory run of nine sets of Kanji Polyhedral Dice and roughly two dozen single d20s were crafted out of more than 12 species of wood.

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Anegrie

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Anigre

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Bolivian Rosewoo

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Bolivian Rosewood

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Chakte Viga

Kanji Polyhderal Set in Chakte Viga

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Desert Ironwood (Dark)

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Desert Ironwood (Dark)

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Desert Ironwood (Light)

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Desert Ironwood (Light)

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Jobillo

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Jobillo

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Purple Heart

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Shedua

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Shedua

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Tsinwin

Kanji Polyhedral Set in Thin Win

8 reviews for Kanji Dice

  1. Matt

    I would really like a full set! I hope you guys start making them again.

    • Charlie Brumfield

      we will have the options for kanji engraving on the website shortly

  2. Adin Pierce

    If you start making these again, i WILL buy a set.

  3. Ashley Owen

    If you make these I’ll buy a set!

  4. Ian Wilkie

    This is a must have! Please start making them so I can buy a set.

  5. Greirat

    These are beautiful. Are they ever going to be for sale again?

  6. Aimi

    Want some of these!


    Yeah, really looking for a kanji set. Going to be moving to Japan within the next two years, would be nice to have a pretty set ready.

  8. Paul

    I would Love LOVE! to buy a set please make more and at least show the price but also show out of stock so that us consumers know if we can even afford these beautiful masterpieces

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