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

stroke order illustration  
day off
Bushu (Radical) Info:
人 (ひと) – person
化 (カ, ケ, ば.ける, ば.かす, ふ.ける, け.する) – change; take the form of; influence; enchant; delude; -ization
个 (カ , コ, こ, ひ) – counter for articles; individual
Henshall Mnemonic: person rests against tree
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #642 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • み   [やすみ]
    (n) (1) rest; recess; respite; (2) vacation; holiday; absence; suspension; (3) moulting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • む   [やすむ]
    (v5m,vi) to rest; to have a break; to take a day off; to be finished; to be absent; to retire; to sleep   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • み   [なつやすみ]
    (n) summer vacation; summer holiday   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  • み   [ひるやすみ]
    (n-adv,n-t) lunch break; noon recess; noon rest period   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [きゅうか]
    (n) holiday; day off; furlough   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうけい]
    (n,vs) rest; break; recess; intermission   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • み   [おやすみ]
    (n) (1) holiday; absence; rest; (2) (exp) Good night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていきゅうび]
    (n) regular holiday   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうぎょう]
    (n) closed (e.g. store); business suspended; shutdown; holiday   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうこう]
    (n) lecture cancelled   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうそく]
    (n) rest; relief; relaxation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうよう]
    (n) rest; break; recreation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • み   [ひとやすみ]
    (n) rest   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • める   [やすめる]
    (v1) to rest; to suspend; to give relief   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうがく]
    (n) temporary absence from school; suspension   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうせん]
    (n) truce; armistice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんきゅう]
    (n) consecutive holidays   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • み   [はるやすみ]
    (n) spring break; spring vacation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • みなさい   [おやすみなさい]
    (exp,int) good night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ききゅう]
    (n) (military) leave; furlough   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅう]
    (n,vi,vs) rest; taking a day off; being finished; being absent; retire; sleep   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • まる   [やすまる]
    (v5r) to be rested; to feel at ease; to repose; to be relieved   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていきゅう]
    (n) regular holiday   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうかん]
    (n) suspension of publication   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうかん]
    (n) library or museum closure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうけいじょ]
    (n) restroom; lounge   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうこう]
    (n) closing school (temporarily); dropping one's studies   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうし]
    (n,vs) pause; cessation; rest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうじょう]
    (n) theater closure; stage absence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうしょく]
    (n) temporary retirement; suspension from office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ゆうきゅう]
    (n) idle; unused; fallow   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうじつ]
    (n-adv,n) holiday; day off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [うんきゅう]
    (n) service suspended (e.g. trains)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むきゅう]
    (n) without a holiday; nonstop   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうきゅう]
    (n) weekly holiday   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • み   [ふゆやすみ]
    (n) winter vacation   [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.