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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 止 (とめる) – stop
Henshall Mnemonic: few feet walk nowadays
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #554 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [さんぽ]
    (n,vs) walk; stroll   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • く   [あるく]
    (v5k) to walk   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [しんぽ]
    (n,vs) progress; development   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほどう]
    (n) footpath; walkway; sidewalk   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [ほ]
    (n) a step; a stride; counter for steps   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょほ]
    (adj-no,n) elements; rudiments; ABCs of ..   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [とほ]
    (n) walking; going on foot   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうほ]
    (n) concession; conciliation; compromise   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • み   [あゆみ]
    (n) walking   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • む   [あゆむ]
    (v5m) to walk; to go on foot   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [おうだんほどう]
    pedestrian crossing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうていぶあい]
    (n) official discount (bank) rate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だいいっぽ]
    (n) first step   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [あるきまわる]
    (v5r) to walk about; to walk to and fro; to pace around   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [あゆみより]
    (n) compromise; concession   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [あゆみよる]
    (v5r) to step up; to compromise; to meet halfway   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ゆうほ]
    (n) walk; promenade   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほこう]
    (n,vs) walk   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほこうしゃ]
    (n) pedestrian; walker   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いっぽ]
    (n-adv,n-t) a step   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほこうしゃてんごく]
    pedestrian mall; car-free mall   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶあい]
    (n) rate; ratio; commission; percentage; poundage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ほちょう]
    (n) pace; step; cadence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほどうきょう]
    (n) pedestrian bridge   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほへい]
    (n) infantry; infantryman; foot soldier   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • き   [ひとりあるき]
    (n,vs) walking alone; walking unaided; going alone; standing on one's own   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうほ]
    (n) walking race   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぎゅうほ]
    (n) snail's pace; slow progress   [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.