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

stroke order illustration  
be sufficient
counter for pairs of footwear

Bushu (Radical) Info: 足 (あし) – foot
Henshall Mnemonic: round knee and foot suffice to show leg
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #343 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [あし]
    (n) foot; pace; gait; leg   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  • す   [たす]
    (v5s) (1) to add (numbers); (2) to do (e.g. one's business)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • りる   [たりる]
    (v1) to be sufficient; to be enough   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [ふそく]
    (adj-na,n,vs) insufficiency; shortage; deficiency; lack; dearth   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まんぞく]
    (adj-na,n,vs) satisfaction   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [あしあと]
    (n) footprints   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たび]
    (n) tabi; Japanese socks (with split toe)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えんそく]
    (n) trip; hike; picnic   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [たる]
    (v5r) to be sufficient; to be enough   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あしもと]
    (n) (1) at one's feet; underfoot; (2) gait; pace; step   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [はだし]
    (n) barefoot   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かけあし]
    (n) running fast; double time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほっそく]
    (n) starting; inauguration   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • りない   [ものたりない]
    (adj) unsatisfied; unsatisfactory   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たしざん]
    (n) addition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほそく]
    (n) supplement; complement   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • り   [あしどり]
    (n) gait; manner of walking (swimming)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あしくび]
    (n) ankle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あしば]
    (n) scaffold; footing; foothold   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうあし]
    (n) both feet; both legs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そくせき]
    (n) footprints   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あしばや]
    (adj-na,n-adv,n) quick-footed; light-footed; quick pace   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • み   [あしぶみ]
    (n,vs) stepping; stamping; marking time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • み   [あしなみ]
    (n) pace; step   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [であし]
    (n) start; turnout   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てあし]
    (n) one's hands and feet; limbs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どそく]
    (n) shoes   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [つけたす]
    (v5s) to add to   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いっそく]
    (n-adv,n-t) pair (footwear)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひとあし]
    (n) step   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いさみあし]
    (n) overeagerness; rashness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうそく]
    (n) sufficiency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にげあし]
    (n) running away; escaping on foot   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [ようたし]
    (n) (transaction of) business; purveyor; going to the washroom   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゃくあし]
    (n) customers   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅんそく]
    (n) swift horse; talented person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あしおと]
    (n) footsteps (sound)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • かり   [あしがかり]
    (n) foothold   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あしこし]
    (n) legs and loins   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • め   [あしどめ]
    (n,vs) house arrest; confinement; keeping indoors; inducement to stay   [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.