Vadim Smolensky has a background in computer science. He has worked in Japan
as a researcher at the University of Aizu (Fukushima prefecture) for nine years. During this
time he formulated his own mnemonic method of memorizing kanji in onyomi groups.
His article, "Learning kanji through plot mnemonics", was submitted and published
in "The Daily Yomiuri", 1995. This idea evolved into the long-term software
project JiShop – a radical-based kanji dictionary, first presented at the
International Conference on Computer Processing of Oriental Languages (Hong Kong, 1997).
Vadim Smolensky is currently living in Liverpool, UK, where he continues to
work on JiShop, a program designed to be the first stage in his mnemonic kanji
Vadim Smolensky has translated into Russian two novels by Haruki Murakami, "Hear the Wind Sing"
and "Pinball 1973", published in Moscow in 2002. His own novel, "Notes of a Gaijin",
was published in March, 2005. It is currently being translated into English.