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

stroke order illustration  
each other
minister of state


Bushu (Radical) Info:
木 (き) – tree
目 (め) – eye
Henshall Mnemonic: ministers eye each other from trees
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #45 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N3 Words

  •   [かわいそう]
    (adj-na,n) poor; pitiable; pathetic   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅしょう]
    (n) Prime Minister; Chancellor (Germany, Austria, etc.)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あいて]
    (n) (1) companion; partner; company; (2) other party; addressee   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうぞく]
    (n) succession; inheritance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうだん]
    (n,vs) consultation; discussion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうとう]
    (adj-na,n-adv) (1) suitable; fair; tolerable; proper; (2) extremely   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [そうい]
    (n,vs) difference; discrepancy; variation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうご]
    (n) mutual; reciprocal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • わらず   [あいかわらず]
    (adv,n) as ever; as usual; the same   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すもう]
    (n) sumo wrestling   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [がいしょう]
    (n) Foreign Minister   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんそう]
    (n) truth; real situation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうおう]
    (adj-na,n) suitability; fitness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • しい   [ふさわしい]
    (adj) appropriate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうば]
    (n) market price; speculation; estimation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あいたい]
    (n,vs) confrontation; facing; between ourselves; no third party; tete-a-tete   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぞうしょう]
    (n) Minister of Finance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようそう]
    (n) aspect   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [かわせそうば]
    exchange rates   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えんそうば]
    (n) yen exchange rate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしょう]
    (n) Welfare Minister   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいしょう]
    (n) Prime Minister   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じっそう]
    (n) reality; real state of affairs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねぞう]
    (n) one's sleeping posture   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にんそう]
    (n) physiognomy; looks; countenance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せそう]
    (n) (1) phase of life; sign of the times; (2) world (social) conditions; society   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • まって   [あいまって]
    (adv) coupled with; together   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうかん]
    (n,vs) correlation; interrelation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうかんかんけい]
    correlation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうごぎんこう]
    mutual savings bank   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうさい]
    (n) offsetting each other; plus and minus equal zero; counterbalancing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうじ]
    (n) resemblance; similarity; analogy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ぐ   [あいつぐ]
    (v5g) to follow in succession   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [あいてどる]
    (v5r) to take on an opponent; to challenge   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あいてかた]
    (n) other (opposite) party   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうじょう]
    (n) multiplication; synergism   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [あいのり]
    (n) riding together   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あいしょう]
    (n) affinity; compatibility   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうぞくぜい]
    (n) inheritance tax   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうたいてき]
    (adj-na) relative   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうだんじょ]
    consultation office; bureau   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうだんやく]
    (n) counselor; adviser   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あいづち]
    (n) sounds given during a conversation to indicate comprehension   [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.