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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 工 (たくみ) – craft
Henshall Mnemonic: work with carpenter's square
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #299 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  •   [こうぎょう]
    (n) (manufacturing) industry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうじょう]
    (n) factory; plant; mill; workshop   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうば]
    (n) factory; plant; mill; workshop   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [じんこう]
    (n) artificial; manmade; human work; human skill; artificiality   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [かこう]
    (n) manufacturing; processing; treatment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうがく]
    (n) engineering   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうさく]
    (n) work; construction; handicraft; maneuvering   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいく]
    (n) work; craftsmanship; tactics; trick   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゃっこう]
    (n) start of (construction) work   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • ケーソン   [ケーソンこうほう]
    (n) caisson method   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんこう]
    (n,vs) completion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きこう]
    (n) setting to work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいこうぎょう]
    (n) light industry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうか]
    (n) engineering course   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうがくぶ]
    (n) department (or school) of technology, engineering or science   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうさくいん]
    craftsman; handicraft worker   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうさくきかい]
    (n) machine tools   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうてい]
    (n) manufacturing process; work schedule; amount of work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうひ]
    (n) construction cost   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうへい]
    (n) engineer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうほう]
    (n) method of construction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうぼう]
    (n) workshop; studio   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうむ]
    (n) engineering; engineering works   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しこう]
    (n,vs) execution (building contract); carrying out   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうこうぎょう]
    (n) heavy industry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうこう]
    (n) commerce and industry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうこうかいぎしょ]
    Chamber of Commerce and Industry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まつしたでんこう]
    Matsushita Electric Works   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じんこうえいせい]
    man-made satellite   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じんこうこきゅう]
    artificial respiration   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じんこうてき]
    (adj-na) artificial; unnatural   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てっこう]
    (n) ironworking; ironworker   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とうこう]
    (n) potter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [もっこう]
    (n) woodworking; woodworker; carpenter   [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.