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Kanji Information Sheet for 三  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 一 (いち) – one
Henshall Mnemonic: three fingers
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #14 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [みっか]
    (n) three days; the third day (of the month)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さん]
    (num) three   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • つ   [みっつ]
    (n) three   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんびゃく]
    (n) 300; many   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんがつ]
    (n-adv) March   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [さいさん]
    (adv,n) again and again; repeatedly   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みかづき]
    (n) new moon; crescent moon   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんかく]
    (n) triangle; triangular   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [み]
    (num) three   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃみせん]
    (n) three-stringed Japanese guitar; shamisen   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [さんしゃ]
    (n) three persons; three parties   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんしゅ]
    (n) three kinds; three varieties   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんじゅう]
    (num) thirty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みそか]
    (n) last day of month   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんじゅうはちどせん]
    the Thirty-eighth Parallel   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんじゅう]
    (n) triple; treble; threefold; three-ply; triplicate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんじょ]
    (n) third daughter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんせい]
    (n) frequent reflection (meditation)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんしん]
    (n,vs) strike out (baseball); fanning out   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんにん]
    (n) three people   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんぜん]
    (n) 3000; many   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんせん]
    (n) third-term election   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんだい]
    (n) three generations; the third   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんなん]
    (n) three men; third son   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんど]
    three times   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごじゅうさんつぎ]
    (n) the 53 Toukaidou stages   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だつさんしん]
    (n) striking a batter out   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だいさんごく]
    (n) a third country   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だいさんしゃ]
    (n) third person; outsider; disinterested person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんぶ]
    (n) three parts; three copies   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんぶさく]
    (n) trilogy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みつこし]
    Mitsukoshi (department store)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんぼう]
    (n) three sides; small offering stand   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんぼん]
    (adj) three (long cylindrical things)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんまい]
    (n) comedy   [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.