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

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
人 (ひと) – person
化 (カ, ケ, ば.ける, ば.かす, ふ.ける, け.する) – change; take the form of; influence; enchant; delude; -ization
个 (カ , コ, こ, ひ) – counter for articles; individual
Henshall Mnemonic: cover the corner, right now
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #49 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [いま]
    (n-adv,n) now; the present time; just now; soon; immediately; (one) more   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんげつ]
    (n-adv,n-t) this month   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんしゅう]
    (n-adv,n-t) this week   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けさ]
    (n-t) this morning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょう]
    (n-t) today; this day   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ことし]
    (n-adv,n-t) this year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんばん]
    (n-adv,n-t) tonight; this evening   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [こんど]
    (n-adv,n-t) now; this time; next time; another time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんや]
    (n-adv,n-t) this evening; tonight   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • に   [いまに]
    (adv) before long; even now   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • にも   [いまにも]
    (adv) at any time; soon   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんかい]
    (n-adv,n-t) now; this time; lately   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんご]
    (n-adv,n-t) from now on; hereafter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんにち]
    (n-t) today; this day   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • は   [こんにちは]
    (int) hello; good day (daytime greeting, id)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • は   [こんばんは]
    (exp,int) good evening   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ただ   [ただいま]
    (adv,int,n) (uk) Here I am; I'm home!; presently; right away; right now; just now   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [いまさら]
    (adv,n) now; at this late hour   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [さっこん]
    (n-adv,n-t) nowadays; recently   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ここん]
    (n) ancient and modern times; all ages; past and present   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ごろ   [いまごろ]
    (n-adv,n-t) about this time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • まで   [いままで]
    (adv) until now; so far; up to the present   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • や   [いまや]
    (adv) now   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • つ   [いまひとつ]
    (adv,n) one more; another; the other; not quite   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんか]
    (n-adv,n-t) this summer; next summer; last summer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんき]
    (n-adv,n-t) the present term   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんき]
    (n-adv,n-t) this season   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんしゅう]
    (n-adv,n-t) this (next, last) autumn (fall)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんしゅん]
    (n-adv,n-t) this spring; next spring; last spring   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんじゃく]
    (n) past and present   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんちょう]
    (ik) (n-t) this morning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんにちてき]
    (adj-na) modern; up-to-date   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんねんど]
    (n-adv,n-t) this year   [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.