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

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Buddhist sect

Bushu (Radical) Info:
十 (じゅう) – cross
目 (め) – eye
Henshall Mnemonic: it's true that equipment is in ten pieces
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #279 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • ぐ   [まっすぐ]
    (adj-na,adv,n) straight (ahead); direct; upright; erect; honest; frank   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃしん]
    (n) photograph   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [まじめ]
    (adj-na,n) diligent; serious; honest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まんなか]
    (n) middle; centre; mid-way   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [まっか]
    (adj-na,n) deep red; flushed (of face)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まさか]
    (adv) (uk) by no means   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんけん]
    (adj-na,n) (1) seriousness; earnestness; (2) real sword (as opposed to unsharpened or wooden practice weapon)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まね]
    (n) mimicry; imitation; behavior; pretense   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [まっくら]
    (adj-na,n) total darkness; shortsightedness; pitch dark   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まっくろ]
    (adj-na,n) pitch black   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まっさお]
    (adj-na,n) deep blue; ghastly pale   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まっさき]
    (n) the head; the foremost; beginning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まっしろ]
    (adj-na,n) pure white   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんくう]
    (adj-na,n) vacuum; hollow; empty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [まねる]
    (v1) to mimic; to imitate   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [しんそう]
    (n) truth; real situation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんり]
    (n) truth   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • つ   [まっぷたつ]
    (n) in two equal parts   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんじつ]
    (adj-na,adv,n) truth; reality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんじゅ]
    (n) pearl   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まうえ]
    (n) just above; right overhead   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まごころ]
    (n) sincerity; devotion   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [まふゆ]
    (n-adv,n-t) midwinter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうどしんしゅう]
    Jodo Shinshu (offshoot of the Jodo sect)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まよなか]
    (n-adv,n-t) dead of night; midnight   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんし]
    (adj-na,n) sincerity; earnestness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しん]
    (adj-na,n) (1) truth; reality; genuineness; (2) Buddhist sect originating in the thirteenth century   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まっこう]
    (n) brow; front; helmet front   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まっさいちゅう]
    (n-adv,n) midst; middle of; height of   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あおじゃしん]
    (n) blueprint; plan   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • の   [しんの]
    (adj-pn) true; real; genuine; utter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まんまる]
    (adj-na,n) perfect circle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんい]
    (n) real intention; true motive; true meaning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんか]
    (n) true value; real worth   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まなつ]
    (n-adv,n-t) midsummer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まがお]
    (n) serious look   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんぎ]
    (n) truth or error; authenticity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ましかく]
    (adj-na,n) square   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃしんしゅう]
    collection of photographs; photoalbum   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんじゅわん]
    Pearl Harbour   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • しい   [まあたらしい]
    (adj) brand new   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんずい]
    (n) true meaning; mystery; essence; quintessence; soul; core; kernel; life blood   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ましょうめん]
    (n) directly opposite; right in front   [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.