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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 山 (やま) – mountain
Henshall Mnemonic: triple-peaked mountain
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #131 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [やま]
    (n) (1) mountain; (2) pile; heap; (3) climax; critical point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たくさん]
    (adj-na,adv,n) (uk) many; a lot; much   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [とざん]
    (n,vs) mountain climbing   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • る   [ふざける]
    (iK) (v1) to romp; to gambol; to frolic; to joke; to make fun of; to flirt   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんりん]
    (n) mountain forest; mountains and forest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かざん]
    (n) volcano   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [えんざん]
    (n) distant mountain   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふじさん]
    Mt Fuji   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 々   [やまやま]
    (adv,n) very much; great deal; many mountains   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おくやま]
    (n) remote mountain; mountain recesses   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はくさん]
    mountain in Gifu Prefecture   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わさび]
    (n) (uk) Japanese horseradish   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんいん]
    (n) shelter of the mountains; mountain recess   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げざん]
    (n,vs) descending (mountain)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やまうば]
    (n) mountain w   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やまおく]
    (n) mountain recesses   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひょうざん]
    (n) iceberg   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やまかじ]
    (n) bushfire   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんかん]
    (n) among the mountains   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうほんざん]
    (n) (1) (Buddh) head temple of a sect; (2) (organizational) headquarters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [のやま]
    (n) hills and fields; hill and dale   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やまがた]
    (n) mountain-shaped   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんけい]
    (n) mountain range; mountain system   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうざん]
    (n) high mountain; alpine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんさい]
    (n) edible wild plants   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほんざん]
    (n) head temple; this temple   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やまでら]
    (n) mountain temple   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やまて]
    (n) hilly (residential) section of a city; uptown   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [うばすてやま]
    mountain where old women were aband   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やまごや]
    (n) mountain hut   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やましろ]
    (n) mountain castle   [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.