Glen Nolan Grant is a Canadian postal worker and acclaimed translator. He has traveled extensively, visiting over 60 countries and learning to speak six languages. He became attracted to the Japanese writing system while living in Japan. When he learned that many consider Japanese to be the most difficult written language in the world, he took on the challenge of finding a way to make learning it easier. He came upon the main idea for this book while traveling through Africa. Viewing the constellations in the night skies, and realizing that drawing pictures has helped people see and remember since time immemorial, he realized that you could draw pictures around kanji for the same purpose.