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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 日 (にち) – sun
Henshall Mnemonic: tell time by sun on temple
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #16 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [いつ]
    (n-adv) (uk) when; how soon   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • も   [いつも]
    (adv,n) (1) (uk) always; usually; every time; (2) never (with neg. verb)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 々   [ときどき]
    (adv,n) sometimes   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じかん]
    (n-adv,n) time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とけい]
    (n) watch; clock   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [じだい]
    (n-t) period; epoch; era   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [いちじ]
    (n-adv,n) one hour; short time; once; a time; temporarily; at one time; twelfth part of a day   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • でも   [いつでも]
    (adv) (1) (uk) (at) any time; always; at all times; (2) never (with negative verb); (3) whenever   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • までも   [いつまでも]
    (adv) (uk) forever; for good; eternally; as long as one likes; indefinitely   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とき]
    (n-adv,n) (1) time; hour; (2) occasion; moment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じき]
    (n-adv,n-t) time; season; period   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じこく]
    (n-adv,n-t) instant; time; moment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とうじ]
    (n-adv,n-t) at that time; in those days   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうじ]
    (adj-no,n) simultaneous(ly); concurrent; same time; synchronous   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • にか   [いつのまにか]
    (adv) before one knows; unnoticed; unawares   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じかんわり]
    (n) timetable; schedule   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じそく]
    (n) speed (per hour)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にちじ]
    (n) date and time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りんじ]
    (n) temporary; special; extraordinary   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [ひととき]
    (n-adv,n) moment; time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちじき]
    (n-adv) a period (of time)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちじきん]
    (n) lump sum   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちじてき]
    (adj-na,n) temporary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おうごんじだい]
    Golden Age   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いつごろ]
    (n-t) about when; how soon   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なつじかん]
    (n) daylight savings time; summer time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんじてん]
    (n) the present point (i.e. in history)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんじ]
    (n-adv) 3 o'clock snack   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • として   [ときとして]
    (adv) in some cases; sometimes; on occasions   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • には   [ときには]
    (adv,exp) at times; occasionally   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しぐれ]
    (n) drizzle; shower in late autumn or early winter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じか]
    (n) current value; price; market value   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [じかんわり]
    (n) timetable; schedule   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れ   [じかんぎれ]
    (n) being out of time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じきしょうそう]
    (adj-na,n) premature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じき]
    (n) opportunity; chance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じぎ]
    (n) the right time; season's greetings   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じきゅう]
    (n) hourly pay; hourly wage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じきょく]
    (n) situation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じげん]
    (n) period or division of time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じこう]
    (n) statute of limitations   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じじ]
    (n) events of the day; current affairs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じせつ]
    (n) (1) season; (2) the times; (3) opportunity; occasion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じだいげき]
    (n) historical play   [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.