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

stroke order illustration  
Bushu (Radical) Info:
| (ぼう) – rod
曰 (にち) – sun
Henshall Mnemonic: field has many bending paths
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #810 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • がる   [まがる]
    (v5r) to turn; to bend   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [さっきょく]
    (n,vs) composition; setting (of music)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • げる   [まげる]
    (v1) to bend; to crook; to lean   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょくせん]
    (n) curve   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [ぎきょく]
    (n) play; drama   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えんきょく]
    (adj-na,n) euphemistic; circumlocution; roundabout; indirect; insinuating   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょく]
    (n,n-suf) tune; piece of music   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [しんきょく]
    (n) new piece; new song   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょくもく]
    (n) program; musical selection; tunes   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わんきょく]
    (n) curve   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようきょく]
    (n) Noh song   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かきょく]
    (n) melody; tune; song   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めいきょく]
    (n) famous music   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かようきょく]
    (n) popular song   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くみきょく]
    (n) musical suite; musical selection   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • がり   [まがり]
    (n) curvature; warp; bend   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • がりかど   [まがりかど]
    (n) street corner; road turn   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いっきょく]
    (n) tune (melody, piece of music)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうそうきょく]
    (n) concerto   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • がり   [まがりかど]
    (n) street corner; road turn   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんきょく]
    (n) all compositions; the entire composition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうきょうきょく]
    (n) symphony   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょきょく]
    (n) overture; prelude   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がっきょく]
    (n) musical composition; tune   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょくせつ]
    (n) windings; meanderings; complications   [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.