This book incorporates the mnemonic method to help you learn and memorize katakana and hiragana characters more easily. It also features a lot of helpful writing exercises for you to get the know-how of writing the characters. There are also the flashcards which you can carry with you anywhere to help you learn new Japanese vocabularies on the go. What is more exciting is, this book also comes with a CD-ROM. The CD-ROM contains more flashcards and exercises which can be printed out at your own ease. If you are looking for a starting point in learning Japanese, I would definitely recommend you to buy this book to accompany your study.