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Kanji Information Sheet for 音  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 音 (おと) – sound
Henshall Mnemonic: sound of rising sun
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #491 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [おんがく]
    (n) music; musical movement   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [はつおん]
    (n,vs) pronunciation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おと]
    (n,n-suf) sound; note   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [ざつおん]
    (n) noise (jarring, grating)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ろくおん]
    (n,vs) (audio) recording   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごじゅうおん]
    (n) the Japanese syllabary   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [ほんね]
    (n) real intention; motive   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ね]
    (n,n-suf) sound; note   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねいろ]
    (n) tone color; tone quality; timbre; synthesizer patch   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いくどうおん]
    (n) in concert; with one voice; unanimously   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ばくおん]
    (n) (sound of an) explosion or detonation; roar (of a machine)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふくいん]
    (n) Gospel; Word of God   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • テープ   [ろくおんテープ]
    (n) audio tape; magnetic tape   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうおん]
    (n) high-pitched tone; soprano   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんかい]
    (n) musical scale   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よわね]
    (n) complaints   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふきょうわおん]
    (n) discord; dissonance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぼいん]
    (n) vowel   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんきょう]
    (n) sound; noise; echo; acoustic(s)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんくん]
    (n) kanji readings   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんしつ]
    (n) tone quality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんせい]
    (n) voice; (the concept of) sound   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんち]
    (adj-na,n) tone-deaf; having no ear for music   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんてい]
    (n) musical interval; step   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんど]
    (n) workmen's songs; marching songs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんどく]
    (n,vs) reading aloud   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • み   [おんよみ]
    (n) on (Chinese) reading of kanji   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんぷ]
    (n) (musical) note   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていおん]
    (n) low tone; bass; low voice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいおんがく]
    (n) light music   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぼうおん]
    (n) soundproof(ing)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうおん]
    (n) the same sound; one voice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんのん]
    (n) Kannon; Kwannon; Buddhist deity of mercy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はちぶおんぷ]
    (n) 8th note   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.