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

stroke order illustration  
section of village
Bushu (Radical) Info:
子 (こ) – child
宀 (うかんむり) – crown
Henshall Mnemonic: child at home studying letters
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #485 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [じ]
    (n) character; hand-writing   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [もじ]
    (n) letter (of alphabet); character   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [もんじ]
    (n) letter (of alphabet); character   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すうじ]
    (n) numeral; figure   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [かつじ]
    (n) printing type   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうじ]
    (n) penmanship   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みょうじ]
    (n) surname; family name   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ローマ   [ローマじ]
    (n) transliteration of Japanese in "Roman" or Latin letters; romanization; romaji   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [くろじ]
    (n) balance (figure) in the black   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えいじ]
    (n) English letter (character)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あかじ]
    (n) deficit; go in the red   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうじろ]
    (n) crossroads   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あざ]
    (n,suf) section of village   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じたい]
    (n) type; font; lettering   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [てんじ]
    (n) Braille   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かしらもじ]
    (n) initials; first letter of a word   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よこもじ]
    (n) European writing; cross-wise writing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みょうじ]
    (n) surname; family name   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごじ]
    (n) misprint   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちじ]
    (n) letter; character   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうようかんじ]
    (n) kanji for common use   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だいじ]
    (n) letters in a title   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [もじどおり]
    (n-adv) literally   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こもじ]
    (n) lower case letters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうじ]
    (adj-na,n) cross; crossed; cruciform   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうじか]
    (n) cross; the Cross (of Christ)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふとじ]
    (n) boldface; bold-type; thick characters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じかく]
    (n) number of strokes in character   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • め   [じづめ]
    (n) number of characters; manuscript paper; printed matter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じけい]
    (n) character style or form   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じすう]
    (n) number of characters or letters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じまく]
    (n) title; subtitle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おおもじ]
    (n) (1) upper case letters; large characters   [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.