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

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
一 (いち) – one
卜 (ぼくのと) – divining rod
Henshall Mnemonic: bar with handle, sticking up over baseline
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #35 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [うえ]
    (adj-no,n-adv,n,n-suf) above; over; on top of; up; upper part; summit; surface; far better; higher; (in) authority; as far as .. is concerned; besides; after; emperor; sovereign; upon (examination); influence of (liquor); lord; shogun; superior; my dear (father)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうず]
    (adj-na,n) skill; skillful; dexterity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [うわぎ]
    (n) coat; tunic; jacket; outer garment   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [いじょう]
    (n-adv,n-t) more than; exceeding; greater than; this is all; over; above; and up; beyond; the above-mentioned; since; as long as; the end   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おくじょう]
    (n) rooftop   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • げる   [さしあげる]
    (v1) (pol) to give; to hold up; to lift up; to offer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • がる   [めしあがる]
    (v5r) (pol) to eat   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • がる   [あがる]
    (v5r) (1) to enter; to go up; to rise; to climb up; to advance; to appreciate; to be promoted; to improve; to call on; to be offered; to accrue; (2) to be finished; to go bankrupt; to be caught; to let up (rain); (3) to weaken (as a battery); (4) to get ruffled   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • げる   [あげる]
    (v1) to give; to raise; to elevate; to fly (kites); to praise; to increase; to advance; to promote; to vomit; to usher in; to admit; to send (to school); to offer; to present; to leave with; to finish; to arrange (expenses); to observe; to perform; to quote; to mention; to bear (a child); to improve (talents); to do up (the hair); to arrest; to engage; to fry; (rains) to stop   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • げる   [もうしあげる]
    (v1) to say; to tell; to state   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • げる   [とりあげる]
    (v1) to take up; to pick up; to disqualify; to confiscate; to deprive   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かみ]
    (n) top; head; upper part; upper stream; emperor; a superior; upper part of the body; the above   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょう]
    (n,pref,suf) (1) first volume; (2) superior quality; (3) governmental; imperial; top; best; high class; going up; presenting; showing; aboard a ship or vehicle; from the standpoint of; as a matter of (fact)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうきょう]
    (n,vs) proceeding to the capital (Tokyo)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうたつ]
    (n,vs) improvement; advance; progress   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうとう]
    (adj-na,n) superiority; first-class; very good   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうじょう]
    (n) top; summit; peak   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [としうえ]
    (n) older; senior   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • がる   [たちあがる]
    (v5r) to stand up   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • その   [そのうえ]
    (conj) in addition; furthermore   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • げる   [みあげる]
    (v1) to look up at; to raise one's eyes; to admire   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • がり   [できあがり]
    (n) finish; completion; ready; made for; cut out   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • がる   [できあがる]
    (v5r) (1) to be finished; to be ready; by definition; (2) to be very drunk   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [のぼり]
    (n) (1) ascent; climbing; (2) up-train (e.g. going to Tokyo)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [のぼる]
    (v5r) (1) to rise; to ascend; to go up; to climb; (2) to go to (the capital); (3) to be promoted; (4) to add up to; (5) to advance (in price); (6) to sail up; (7) to come up (on the agenda)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

    Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

    • がり   [やすあがり]
      (adj-na,n) economy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げ   [ひきあげ]
      (n) pulling up; drawing up; salvage; re-floatation; raising   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げる   [ひきあげる]
      (io) (v1) to withdraw; to leave; to pull out; to retire   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [えんじょう]
      (n,vs) blazing up; (building) destruction by fire   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かいじょう]
      (n) maritime   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かいじょうじえいたい]
      Maritime Self Defense Forces   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かいじょうほあんちょう]
      Maritime Safety Agency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げ   [かくあげ]
      (n) status elevation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [きじょう]
      (n) on the desk; theoretical   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • がる   [おきあがる]
      (v5r) to rise; to erect; to get up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • せる   [のぼせる]
      (v1) to feel dizzy; to have blood rush to one's head; to become conceited   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ごくじょう]
      (adj-na,n) first-rate; finest quality; the best   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げ   [くりあげ]
      (n) upward move; advance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げる   [くりあげる]
      (v1) to move up; to advance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [けいじょう]
      (n,vs) appropriation; summing up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [けんじょう]
      (n,vs) presenting to   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [こうじょう]
      (n) vocal message; speech   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [さいじょう]
      (adj-na,n) best   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げる   [つくりあげる]
      (v1) to make up; to fabricate; to build up; to complete; to construct   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しじょう]
      (adj-no,n-adv,n-t) historical   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • がる   [おもいあがる]
      (v5r) to be conceited   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しじょう]
      (n) on paper; in the newspapers; in a letter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しじょう]
      (n) supremacy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しじょう]
      (n) in a magazine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [じじつじょう]
      (n,adj-no) (as a) matter of fact; actually; in reality   [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.