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Bushu (Radical) Info: 癶 (はつがしら) – dotted tent
Henshall Mnemonic: discharged with two bent legs and funny feet
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #32 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  •   [はつおん]
    (n,vs) pronunciation   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [しゅっぱつ]
    (n,vs) departure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ばくはつ]
    (n,vs) explosion; detonation; eruption   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はっけん]
    (n,vs) discovery; detection; finding   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はっこう]
    (n) issue (publications)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はっしゃ]
    (n) departure of a vehicle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はったつ]
    (n,vs) development; growth   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はってん]
    (n,vs) development; growth   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はっぴょう]
    (n,vs) announcement; publication   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はつめい]
    (n,vs) invention   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [じょうはつ]
    (n,vs) evaporation; unexplained disappearance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はっき]
    (n,vs) exhibition; demonstration; utilization; display   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はっしゃ]
    (n,vs) firing; shooting; discharge; catapult   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ばね]
    (n) spring (e.g. coil, leaf)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はっそう]
    (n) expression (music); conceptualization   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はつでん]
    (n,vs) generation (e.g. power)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はつばい]
    (n,vs) sale   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [かいはつ]
    (n) development; exploitation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かっぱつ]
    (adj-na,n) vigor; active   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいはつ]
    (n) return; relapse; reoccurrence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しはつ]
    (n) first train   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はつ]
    (n,suf) departure; beginning; counter for gunshots   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はついく]
    (n,vs) (physical) growth; development   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はつが]
    (n,vs) burgeoning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はっくつ]
    (n,vs) (1) excavation; exhumation; (2) discovery (e.g. new talent)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いっぱつ]
    (n-adv,n-t) (1) one shot; round; charge; (2) homerun (baseball)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [うちゅうかいはつ]
    space development   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [うちゅうかいはつじぎょうだん]
    NASDA; National Space Development Agency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おきなわかいはつちょうちょうかん]
    Director General of Okinawa Development Agency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいはつぶ]
    Development Department   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きはつ]
    (n,vs) volatilization   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぐうはつ]
    (n) sudden outbreak; accidental; incidental   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいはつ]
    (n,vs) enlightenment; development; edification   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みきりはっしゃ]
    starting a train before all the passengers are on board; making a snap decision; starting an action without considering objections to it any longer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんぱつ]
    (n) nuclear power plant; nuclear power supply   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうはつ]
    (n,vs) starting late   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくはつ]
    (n) indictment; prosecution; complaint   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいかいはつ]
    (n,vs) redevelopment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんぱつ]
    (n,vs) sporadic; scattering   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じはつ]
    (n) spontaneous   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じはつてき]
    (adj-na) spontaneous; voluntary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょくはつ]
    (n,vs) touching off something; provocation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんぱつ]
    (n,vs) forerunner; advance party; going on ahead   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぞうはつ]
    (n) increase the number of trains in operation; increase bond issues   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たはつ]
    (n) repeated occurrence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうはつ]
    (n,vs) provocation; stirring up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうはつてき]
    (adj-na) provocative; suggestive; lascivious   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てきはつ]
    (n,vs) exposing; unmasking; laying bare   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [でんげんかいはつ]
    electric power resource development   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • する   [はっする]
    (vs-s) to fire (a gun); to emit; to give forth   [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.