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

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
一 (いち) – one
大 (だい) – big
Henshall Mnemonic: person's head is closest part to heaven
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #512 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [てんき]
    (n) weather; the elements; fine weather   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

JLPT N3 Words

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [てんのう]
    (n) Emperor of Japan   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [うてん]
    (n) rainy weather   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんじょう]
    (n) ceiling; ceiling price   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てっぺん]
    (n) top; summit; apex; scalp   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんか]
    (n) the world; whole country; descent from heaven; having one's own way; the public; the ruling power   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんてんてき]
    (adj-na,n) a priori; inborn; innate; inherent; congenital; hereditary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんごく]
    (n) paradise; heaven; Kingdom of Heaven   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんさい]
    (n) genius; prodigy; natural gift   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんさい]
    (n) natural calamity; disaster   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんたい]
    (n) heavenly body   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あめつち]
    (n) heaven and earth; the universe; nature; top and bottom; realm; sphere; world   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいてん]
    (n) fine weather   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てん]
    (n) heaven; sky   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [らくてんか]
    (n) optimist; easy-going person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [らくてんてき]
    (adj-na,n) optimistic   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あまのがわ]
    (n) Milky Way   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あまのがわ]
    (n) Milky Way   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんもん]
    (n) astronomy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんもんがく]
    (n) astronomy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんもんだい]
    (n) astronomical observatory   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にんてんどう]
    Nintendo (video game company)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [あまくだり]
    (n) retiring high-ranking government officials taking a lucrative job in a private or semi-private corporation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんり]
    (n) natural laws; rule of heaven   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まてんろう]
    (n) skyscraper   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きっしょうてん]
    (n) (Buddh) goddess   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えんてん]
    (n) blazing heat; scorching sun   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぎょうてん]
    (n,vs) being amazed; being horrified; being taken aback   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんのうせい]
    (n) the Emperor System   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんのうへいか]
    (n) His Majesty the Emperor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 使   [てんし]
    (n) angel   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうてんてき]
    (adj-na,n) a posteriori   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 寿   [てんじゅ]
    (n) natural span of life   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほこうしゃてんごく]
    pedestrian mall; car-free mall   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あまつかみ]
    (n) heavenly gods; Michizane's spirit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんせい]
    (n-adv,n-t) nature; natural constitution; innate disposition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ガス   [てんねんガス]
    (n) natural gas   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんねんきねんぶつ]
    (n) natural monument   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんねんとう]
    (n) smallpox; variola   [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.