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

stroke order illustration  
wake up
get up
Bushu (Radical) Info: 走 (はしる) – run
Henshall Mnemonic: cause oneself to run
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #374 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • きる   [おきる]
    (v1) (1) to get up; to rise; (2) to wake up; (3) to occur; to happen; to take place   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • こる   [おこる]
    (v5r) to occur; to happen   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [きしょう]
    (n) rising; getting out of bed   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • こす   [ひきおこす]
    (v5s) to cause   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • こす   [おこす]
    (v5s) to raise; to cause; to wake someone   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きげん]
    (n) origin; beginning; rise   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きてん]
    (n) starting point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きふく]
    (n) undulation   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [けっき]
    (n,vs) jump to one's feet; stand up against; rising to action   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほっきにん]
    (n) originator; promoter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていき]
    (n) bring suit; file a claim; raise a question   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [ひきおこす]
    (v5s) to cause   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふきそ]
    (n) nonprosecution or indictment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りゅうき]
    (n) protuberance; projection; rising   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいき]
    (n) comeback; recovery; restoration; rally; reflexive (in grammar)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • がる   [おきあがる]
    (v5r) to rise; to erect; to get up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きいん]
    (n) cause   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きこう]
    (n) setting to work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きさい]
    (n) issuing of bonds   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きしかいせい]
    (n) revival of the dead; recovering from a hopeless situation; resuscitation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きそ]
    (n) prosecution; indictment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きそゆうよ]
    suspension of indictment; leaving charge on the file   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きそう]
    (n,vs) drafting; drawing up a bill   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きばく]
    (n) exploding   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きよう]
    (n) appointment; promotion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • こす   [おもいおこす]
    (v5s) to recall; to remember   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きりつ]
    (n,vs) standing up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やっき]
    (adj-na,n) desperation; eagerness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんき]
    (n,vs) evocation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えんぎ]
    (n) omen   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • き   [はやおき]
    (n) early rising   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふんき]
    (n,vs) stirring; rousing oneself   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とっき]
    (n) protuberance   [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.