Yukihiro Matsumoto wrote:

> There are some tools to convert Kanjis into Hiraganas (kakasi, for
> example).  It might be help for Japanese beginners.

I am sure there are sites/tools out there which will teach how to read /
write Japanese (for beginners, especially children).

Any suggestions?

I am curious to know how reading is taught in schools ... do they start
       with a specific writing system?

-- shanko