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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 囗 (くにがまえ) – box
Henshall Mnemonic: one's country is an enclosed jewel
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #3 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

JLPT N4 Words

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [きこく]
    (n,vs) return to country   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こっか]
    (n) state; country; nation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こっかい]
    (n) (abbr) National Diet; parliament; congress   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こっきょう]
    (n) national or state border   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくご]
    (n) national language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくみん]
    (n) national; people; citizen   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんこく]
    (n) country-wide; nation-wide; whole country; national   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [こっこう]
    (n) diplomatic relations   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくさん]
    (n) domestic products   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくど]
    (n) realm   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくぼう]
    (n) national defence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくゆう]
    (n) national ownership   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくれん]
    (n) U.N.; United Nations   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんごく]
    (n) paradise; heaven; Kingdom of Heaven   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぼこく]
    (n) one's homeland   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほんごく]
    (n) one's own country   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • グアテマラ国   [グアテマラきょうわこく]
    Republic of Guatemala (p)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あいこく]
    (n,adj-no) patriotism   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いこく]
    (n) foreign country   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いっこく]
    (adj-na,n-adv,n-t) whole country; stubborn; hotheaded   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おうこく]
    (n) kingdom; monarchy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わがくに]
    (n) our country (reserved for a Japanese referring to Japan); our land   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいこく]
    (n,vs) opening of a country (e.g. Japan) to the world   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がいこくご]
    (n) foreign language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かっこく]
    (n) each nation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんこく]
    (n) (South) Korea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうこく]
    (n) patriot devoted to the salvation of his country   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうわこく]
    (n) republic; commonwealth   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうこく]
    (n) strong nation; powerful country   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぐんこくしゅぎ]
    militarism   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんこく]
    (n) founding of a nation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ここく]
    (n) one's native land   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごこく]
    (n) defense of one's country   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 々   [くにぐに]
    (n) countries   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくえい]
    (n) state management   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくえき]
    (n) national interest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こっかこうむいん]
    (n) government official   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こっかしけん]
    (n) state examination   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こっか]
    (n) national anthem   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こっかいぎいん]
    (n) member of National Diet; Diet member   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こっかいぎじどう]
    (n) (1) National Diet (Japanese parliament); (2) Capitol Hill (US)   [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.