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

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one's station in life
Bushu (Radical) Info: 身 (み) – station in life
Henshall Mnemonic: pregnant woman has conspicuous body
Levels: JLPT N2 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #320 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N3 Words

  •   [じしん]
    (n) by oneself; personally   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅっしん]
    (n) (1) person's origin (town, city, country, etc.); (2) institution from which one graduated; (3) director in charge of employee relations   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [み]
    (n) body; main part; oneself; sword   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんたい]
    (n) (1) body; (2) health   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんちょう]
    (n) height (of body); stature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どくしん]
    (n) bachelorhood; single; unmarried; celibate   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [さしみ]
    (n) sliced raw fish   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんしん]
    (n) mind and body   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みぶん]
    (n) social position; social status   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんしん]
    (n) the whole body; full-length (portrait)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なかみ]
    (n) contents; interior; substance; filling; (sword) blade   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [うけみ]
    (adj-na,n) passive; passive voice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • なり   [みなり]
    (n) personal appearance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [みのまわり]
    (n) one's personal appearance; personal belongings   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みのうえ]
    (n) one's future; one's welfare; one's personal history   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みぢか]
    (adj-na,n) near oneself; close to one; familiar   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [みぶり]
    (n) gesture   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [からだ]
    (n) (1) body; (2) health   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いっしん]
    (n) oneself; one's own interests; throughout the body   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きみ]
    (n) egg yolk   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かはんしん]
    (n) lower half of body   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さしみ]
    (n) sliced raw fish   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あぶらみ]
    (n) fat meat   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じぶんじしん]
    oneself; myself   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [うけみ]
    (adj-na,n) passive; passive voice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうしん]
    (n) the whole life   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅっしんしゃ]
    alumnus   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうはんしん]
    (n) upper half of body; bust   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [みより]
    (n) relative   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みがる]
    (adj-na,n) light; agile; nimble; casual; carefree   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みもと]
    (n) person's identity; ID; past; background   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんしょうしゃ]
    (n) disabled person; physically handicapped person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんじょう]
    (n) merit; body; social position   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [みぶるい]
    (n) shivering; trembling; shuddering   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんたいしょうがいしゃ]
    disabled person; physically handicapped person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • わり   [みがわり]
    (n) substitute (for); sacrifice (of, to); scapegoat (for)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みのしろきんようきゅう]
    (n) ransom demand   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • げ   [みなげ]
    (n,vs) drown oneself; throw oneself into water   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • き   [みうごき]
    (n,vs) moving about; stirring about   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みうち]
    (n) one's whole body; relatives; friends; followers   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みぶんしょうめいしょ]
    identification papers   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みがら]
    (n) one's person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんぺん]
    (n) one's person   [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.