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

stroke order illustration  
pass through
counter for letters
Bushu (Radical) Info:
辷 (しんにゅう, すべ.る, すべ.らす) – road; glide; skate; slip; fail in exams; (kokuji)
込 (-こ.む, こ.む, こ.み, -こ.み, こ.める, こみ, ごめ) – crowded; mixture; in bulk; included; (kokuji)
Henshall Mnemonic: bent figure uses extra movement to pass
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #80 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  •   [こうつう]
    (n) communication; transportation; traffic; intercourse   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • う   [かよう]
    (v5u) (1) to go back and forth; to ply between; (2) to commute; to attend (school, church, etc.)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [とおる]
    (v5r) to pass (by); to go through; to walk along; to pass exams   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふつう]
    (adj-na,adj-no,adv,n) (1) generally; ordinarily; usually; (2) train that stops at every station   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [きょうつう]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n,vs) commonness; community   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • じる   [つうじる]
    (v1) to run to; to lead to; to communicate; to understand; to be well-informed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [とおす]
    (v5s) to let pass; to overlook; to continue; to keep; to make way for; to persist in   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [とおり]
    (n-adv,n) avenue; street; way   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ぎる   [とおりすぎる]
    (v1) to pass; to pass through   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つうか]
    (n,vs) passage through; passing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つうがく]
    (n) commuting to school   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つうこう]
    (n,vs) passage; passing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つうしん]
    (n,vs) correspondence; communication; news; signal   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • り   [ひととおり]
    (adj-no,n) ordinary; usual; in general; briefly   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいつう]
    (n,vs) opening; open   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうつうきかん]
    (n) transportation facilities   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [ひとどおり]
    (n) pedestrian traffic   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [おおどおり]
    (n) main street   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくつう]
    (n) direct communication   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • かる   [とおりかかる]
    (v5r) to happen to pass by   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つうか]
    (n) currency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つうきん]
    (n,vs) commuting to work   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つうち]
    (n,vs) notice; notification   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つうちょう]
    (n) passbook   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つうやく]
    (n,vs) interpretation   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

    Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

    • データ   [データつうしん]
      (n) data communication   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いっつう]
      (n) one copy (of a document)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いっぽうつうこう]
      one-way traffic   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • す   [つらぬきとおす]
      (v5s) to enforce (one's) will   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かんつう]
      (n,vs) pierce; penetrate; perforate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [きょうつうご]
      (n) common term; common (Japanese) language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [こうつうじこ]
      traffic accident   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [こうつうひ]
      (n) traveling expenses; carfare   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [こうつうもう]
      (n) traffic network   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [せいつう]
      (n,vs) acquaintance; having knowledge; being expert; being versed in; conversant   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [そつう]
      (n) drainage; mutual understanding   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • い   [かよい]
      (n) coming and going; commuting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • し   [とおし]
      (n) direct; right through; straight   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • じ   [つうじ]
      (n) passage; evacuation; movement of the bowels   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • り   [どおり]
      (n-suf) (1) in accordance with ..; following ..; (2) .. Street; .. Avenue   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [つういん]
      (n) commuting to hospital   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [つうかん]
      (n,vs) customs clearance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • め   [つうこうどめ]
      (n) No Thoroughfare!; Road Blocked!   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [つうこく]
      (n,vs) announcement; notice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [つうさんしょう]
      Ministry of International Trade and Industry; MITI   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [つうさんしょう]
      (n) Minister of International Trade and Industry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [つうさん]
      (n,vs) total   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [つうしょう]
      (n) commerce; trade   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [つうしょう]
      (n) popular name; nickname; alias   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [つうしんえいせい]
      communication satellite; Broadcast Satellite; BS   [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.