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Kanji Information Sheet for 作  ( 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: person with saw about to make something
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #103 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • る   [つくる]
    (v5r) to make; to create; to manufacture; to draw up; to write; to compose; to build; to coin; to cultivate; to organize; to establish; to make up (a face); to trim (a tree); to fabricate; to prepare (food); to commit (sin); to construct   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくぶん]
    (n) composition; writing   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [さっか]
    (n) author; writer; novelist; artist   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さぎょう]
    (n) work; operation; manufacturing; fatigue duty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さっきょく]
    (n,vs) composition; setting (of music)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくひん]
    (n) work; opus; performance; production   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくもつ]
    (n) produce (e.g. agricultural); crops   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さほう]
    (n) manners; etiquette; propriety   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうさ]
    (n,vs) operation; management; processing   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [けっさく]
    (adj-na,n) masterpiece; best work; boner; blunder   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくしゃ]
    (n) author; authoress   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくせい]
    (n,vs) frame; draw up; make; producing; creating; preparing; writing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくせい]
    (n,vs) manufacture   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいさく]
    (n,vs) work (film, book)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいさく]
    (n,vs) manufacture; production   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうさく]
    (n) production; literary creation; work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうさ]
    (n) action; movements; motions; bearing; behaviour; manners   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めいさく]
    (n) masterpiece   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [きょうさく]
    (n) bad harvest; poor crop   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんさく]
    (n) original work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうさく]
    (n) work; construction; handicraft; maneuvering   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうさく]
    (n,vs) cultivation; farming   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さく]
    (n,n-suf) a work; a harvest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [つくり]
    (n) (1) construction; make-up; (2) sliced raw fish   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくせん]
    (n) military or naval operations; tactics; strategy   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いさく]
    (n) posthumous works   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いなさく]
    (n) rice crop   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かさく]
    (n) good piece of work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [にづくり]
    (n,vs) packing; baling; crating   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きんさく]
    (n) recent work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げきさく]
    (n) play writing   [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]
  •   [がっさく]
    (n,vs) collaboration; joint work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [つくりわらい]
    (n) forced laugh   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • げる   [つくりあげる]
    (v1) to make up; to fabricate; to build up; to complete; to construct   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つくりばなし]
    (n) fiction; made-up story; fable; fabrication; myth   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さっきょうしすう]
    rice-crop index   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくし]
    (n,vs) song making   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さどう]
    (n) operation; functioning; running   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • け   [さくつけ]
    (n) planting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくづけめんせき]
    planted area   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくふう]
    (n) literary style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくがら]
    (n) crop conditions; quality (of art)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんぶさく]
    (n) trilogy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しさく]
    (n) trial manufacture; experiment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じさく]
    (n) one's own work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [てづくり]
    (adj-no,n) handmade; homegrown; hand-crafted; homemade   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうさく]
    (n) splendid (excellent) work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんさく]
    (n) new work; new production   [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.