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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 弋 (しきがまえ) – ceremony
Henshall Mnemonic: carpenter's square is a form of stake
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #251 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N3 Words

  •   [せいしき]
    (adj-na,n) due form; official; formality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しき]
    (n,n-suf) equation; formula; ceremony   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [ほうていしき]
    (n) equation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぎしき]
    (n) ceremony; rite; ritual; service   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしき]
    (adj-na,n) formula; formality; official   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいしき]
    (n) form; formality; format; math expression   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうしき]
    (n) funeral   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [ようしき]
    (n) style; form; pattern   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しきじょう]
    (n) ceremonial hall; place of ceremony (e.g. marriage)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かぶしき]
    (n) stock (company)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうしき]
    (n) form; method; system   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [ずしき]
    (n) scheme   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんしき]
    (adj-na,n) new form; new formula   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしきせん]
    (n) regular game; pennant race   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りゃくしき]
    (adj-na,n) informal; simplified   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようしき]
    (n) Western style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいしき]
    (n) model   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしき]
    (n) hardball (tennis, baseball)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にほんしき]
    (n) Japanese style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっこんしき]
    (n) marriage ceremony; wedding   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わしき]
    (n) Japanese style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいしきてき]
    (adj-na) formal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しきじ]
    (n) ceremonial address   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しきてん]
    (n) ceremony; rites   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しきぶ]
    (n) (Meiji era) official responsible for court ceremonies   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅしょうしき]
    award ceremony   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なんしき]
    (n) (tennis) played with a soft ball   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうしき]
    (adj-na,n) old type; old style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょしき]
    (n) holding a ceremony   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いっしき]
    (n) complete set; all; everything   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かぶしきがいしゃ]
    (n) public company; corporation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひこうしき]
    (adj-na,n) informal   [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.