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

stroke order illustration  
to be
live with

Bushu (Radical) Info: 尸 (しかばね) – flag
Henshall Mnemonic: old person sitting slumped is at home
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 5
Frequency: #836 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • る   [いる]
    (v1) (uk) (hum) to be (animate); to exist   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • る   [おる]
    (v5r) (uk) (hum) to be (animate); to be; to exist   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いま]
    (n) living room (western style)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [いねむり]
    (n,vs) dozing; nodding off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しばい]
    (n) play; drama   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [じゅうきょ]
    (n) dwelling; house; residence; address   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [とりい]
    (n) torii (Shinto shrine archway)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょじゅう]
    (n) residence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうきょ]
    (n) Imperial Palace   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんきょ]
    (n) moving; changing residence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうきょ]
    (n,vs) living together   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いんきょ]
    (n) (1) retirement; (2) retired person   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [ざっきょ]
    (n,vs) sharing living quarters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いそうろう]
    (n) lodger who pays nothing for room and board; freeloader; sponger   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • わせる   [いあわせる]
    (v1) to happen to be present   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょしつ]
    (n) living room   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いざかや]
    (n) bar; pub; tavern   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょじゅうしゃ]
    resident; inhabitant   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かみしばい]
    (n) picture story show   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いばしょ]
    (n) whereabouts   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いごこち]
    (n) comfort   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にゅうきょ]
    (n,vs) moving into (house)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すまい]
    (n) dwelling; house; residence; address   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しきい]
    (n) threshold   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ながい]
    (n,vs) long visit; overstaying   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しばいごや]
    playhouse; theatre   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [べっきょ]
    (n) (legal) separation; divorce from bed and table   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんきょ]
    (n) new home   [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.