I bought this dictionary because it is compulsory for SEAS students studying Japanese. I have been very pleased with it as a simple to use, portable Kanji dictionary. The only issue that I have is that it uses romanized rather than kana text for the pronounciations. It does help with comparison of hand written and printed versions of characters as well as correct stroke order. Definately worth the money for students of Japanese.
I really liked this dictionary, because it shows many of the uses of each kanji in it. It's also really easy to the eyes. There were only two things I disliked, first the SKIP System, I loose a lot of time trying to find the kanji, often I end up looking for which page it is at the Denshi Jisho - Online Japanese Dictionary, which uses the radical system. Second of all, I wish it used furigana instead or romanji, since you can learn all the hiragana characters in just one week of study. That said, it's a great dictionary for beginning and intermediate students and I would recommend it.
The difficulty of Japanese language is the use of pictograms of Chinese origin; this creates problems for those who have not memorized them. Halpern has found a simple method to find "kanji"s. Notwithstanding it is a difficult book and is suitable for people who already know basic Japanese language. Filippo Zizzo
this dictionary fully meets the practical needs of beginning and intermediate students, character meanings were illustrated by numerous compounds and examples, are grouped around the core meaning in a logically structured manner that allows them to be perceived as an integrated unit. also guidance is provided for distinguishing between easily confused characters.
A great help with it's layout and related words with examples plus sections that assist in finding answers, all slated toward teaching Japanese characters and use. Stuffed with information, but no English/Japanese dictionary.