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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 一 (いち) – one
Henshall Mnemonic: t-bar with droopy lower handle
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #97 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [ろうか]
    (n) corridor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くつした]
    (n) socks   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へた]
    (adj-na,n) unskillful; poor; awkward   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちかてつ]
    (n) underground train; subway   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [した]
    (n) under; below; beneath   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • さい   [ください]
    please (kana only); (with te-form verb) please do for me   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [いか]
    (n) (1) below; under; the following; the rest; (2) and downward; less than; up to; not exceeding   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 宿   [げしゅく]
    (n,vs) boarding; lodging; boarding house   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [したぎ]
    (n) underwear   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • げる   [さげる]
    (v1) to hang; to lower; to move back; to wear; to dismiss; to grant   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • さる   [くださる]
    (v5aru) (hon) to give; to confer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • りる   [おりる]
    (v1) to alight (e.g. from bus); to get off; to descend (e.g. a mountain)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [ちか]
    (n) basement; underground   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [くだり]
    (n,n-suf) down-train (going away from Tokyo)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ろす   [おろす]
    (v5s) to take down; to launch; to drop; to lower; to let (a person) off; to unload; to discharge   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [かこう]
    (n) downward; descent; fall; drop; subsidence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げしゃ]
    (n,vs) alighting; getting off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げじゅん]
    (n-adv,n-t) month (last third of)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • き   [したがき]
    (n) rough copy; draft   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ぶらげる   [ぶらさげる]
    (v1) to hang; to suspend; to dangle; to swing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げすい]
    (n) drainage; sewage; ditch; gutter; sewerage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ろす   [みおろす]
    (v5s) to overlook; to command a view of; to look down on something   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうげ]
    (n,vs) high and low; up and down; unloading and loading; praising and blaming   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げた]
    (n) geta (Japanese footwear); wooden clogs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちかすい]
    (n) underground water   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

    Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

    • がり   [ひるさがり]
      (n) early afternoon   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [としした]
      (n) younger; junior   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [したみ]
      (n) preview; preliminary inspection; siding (on a house)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かげん]
      (n) lower limit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [げこ]
      (n) non-drinker; temperate man   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [じょうかまち]
      (n) castle town; town around castle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げ   [ひきさげ]
      (n) reduction; cut   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [げざん]
      (n,vs) descending (mountain)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • り   [あまくだり]
      (n) retiring high-ranking government officials taking a lucrative job in a private or semi-private corporation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かし]
      (n) the legs; lower extremities   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [したて]
      (n) humble position; inferior   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げ   [したてなげ]
      (baseball) an underhand throw; (sumo) an underarm throw   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ゆかした]
      (n) under the floor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • り   [のぼりくだり]
      (n) rising and falling; going up and down   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ひょうてんか]
      (n) below freezing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • りる   [とびおりる]
      (v1) to jump down; to jump off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • 殿   [ひでんか]
      (n) princess; Her Royal Highness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • ぶらがる   [ぶらさがる]
      (v5r) to hang from; to dangle; to swing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [したくちびる]
      (n) lower lip   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちょっか]
      (n,vs) directly under; price cut; fall perpendicularly   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [げすいどう]
      (n) drain; sewer; drainage system   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げ   [とりさげ]
      (n) withdrawal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • け   [したうけ]
      (n) subcontract   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [もんか]
      (n) one's pupil or student or follower   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [もんかせい]
      (n) pupil; disciple; follower   [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.