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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

  •   [そうさ]
    (n,vs) operation; management; processing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [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]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [せいさく]
    (n,vs) work (film, book)   [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]
  •   [せいさく]
    (n,vs) manufacture; production   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [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]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [こうさく]
    (n) work; construction; handicraft; maneuvering   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんさく]
    (n) original work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうさく]
    (n) abundant harvest; bumper crop   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほっさ]
    (n) fit; spasm   [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]
  •   [きょうさく]
    (n) bad harvest; poor crop   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [しゅうさく]
    (n) splendid (excellent) work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かさく]
    (n) good piece of work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんさく]
    (n) new work; new production   [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]
  •   [しさく]
    (n) trial manufacture; experiment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いさく]
    (n) posthumous works   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はんさよう]
    (n) reaction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じさく]
    (n) one's own work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りきさく]
    (n) literary or artistic masterpiece (on which much labour was spent)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [にづくり]
    (n,vs) packing; baling; crating   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げきさく]
    (n) play writing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むぞうさ]
    (adj-na,n) easiness; simplicity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だいひょうさく]
    (n) masterpiece; representative work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いなさく]
    (n) rice crop   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふくさよう]
    (n) reaction; secondary effect   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がっさく]
    (n,vs) collaboration; joint work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんぶさく]
    (n) trilogy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふさく]
    (n) poor crop; crop failure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいさくひ]
    (n) production cost   [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]
  •   [とうさく]
    (n) plagiarism   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さっきょうしすう]
    rice-crop index   [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.