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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 水 (みず) – water
Henshall Mnemonic: every drop of water goes into sea
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #200 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [うみ]
    (n) sea; beach   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [かいがい]
    (n) foreign; abroad; overseas   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [かいきょう]
    (n) channel   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうかい]
    (n) territorial waters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいばつ]
    (n) height above sea level   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいりゅう]
    (n) ocean current   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいろ]
    (n-t) sea route   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいうん]
    (n) maritime; marine transportation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうかい]
    (n,vs) sail; voyage   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [かいぐん]
    (n) navy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りくかい]
    (n) land and sea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 沿   [えんかい]
    (n) coast; shore; inshore; coastal waters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 沿   [えんかいしゅう]
    (n) (Russian) maritime provinces   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちちゅうかい]
    Mediterranean Sea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいこう]
    (adj-na,n) deep   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • シナ   [みなみシナうみ]
    South China Sea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいさんぶつ]
    (n) marine products   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なんかい]
    (n) southern sea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうかい]
    (n,vs) sweeping the sea for mines; dragging for mines   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいじょう]
    (n) maritime   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • カリブ   [カリブかい]
    Caribbean Sea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいかい]
    (n) (1) ocean; large sea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいじょうじえいたい]
    Maritime Self Defense Forces   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいじょうほあんちょう]
    Maritime Safety Agency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とうかい]
    (n) region south of Tokyo on Pacific Ocean side of Japan; eastern sea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほっかい]
    (n) northern sea; North Sea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほっかいどう]
    northernmost of four main islands of Japan   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 官   [ほっかいどうかいはつちょうちょうかん]
    Director General of Hokkaido Development Agency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいすい]
    (n) ocean water   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にほんかい]
    (n) Sea of Japan   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいすいよくじょう]
    seawater baths   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいせん]
    (n) naval battle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいそう]
    (n) seaweed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいぞく]
    (n) pirate; sea robber   [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.