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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 彡 (さんづくり) – tuft
Henshall Mnemonic: put hairs into pattern of well-frame
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #418 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  •   [かたち]
    (n) form; shape; figure; type   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にんぎょう]
    (n) doll; puppet; figure   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [けいせい]
    (n) condition; situation; prospects   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいせい]
    (n,vs) formation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいたい]
    (n) form; shape; figure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんけい]
    (n) original form; base form   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちけい]
    (n) terrain; geographical features; topography   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [えんけい]
    (n) (1) round shape; circle; (2) circular form   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はながた]
    (n) floral pattern; flourish; ornament; star actor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • づくる   [かたちづくる]
    (v5r) to form; to shape; to make; to mold; to build up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かたみ]
    (n) memento; souvenir   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいしきてき]
    (adj-na) formal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいじょう]
    (n) shape; form   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいせき]
    (n) traces; evidence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいよう]
    (n,vs) form; figure; qualification; description; modifying; figure of speech   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こけい]
    (n) solid (body)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんかくけい]
    (adj-no,n) triangle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やまがた]
    (n) mountain-shaped   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じけい]
    (n) character style or form   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゆうがた]
    (n) freestyle (swimming event)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てがた]
    (n) draft; promissory note   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おやま]
    (gikun) (n) male actor in female Kabuki roles   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいけいげか]
    (n) orthopaedic surgery; plastic surgery   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おうぎがた]
    (n) fan shape   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんけい]
    (n) fan shape   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぞうけい]
    (n) molding; modelling (cf. plastic arts)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だえんけい]
    (n) elliptical shape   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいけい]
    (n) form; figure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていけい]
    (n) fixed form; regular shape; stereotyped   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かみがた]
    (n) hair style; coiffure; hairdo   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんけい]
    (n,vs) transformation; variation; metamorphosis; modification; deformation; variety; deformity; monster   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むけい]
    (n) abstract; immaterial; moral; spiritual; intangible   [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.