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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 方 (ほう) – direction
Henshall Mnemonic: both boat and plow can point the way
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #46 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [どちら]
    (n) (uk) which (of two); who   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どっち]
    (n) (uk) which way; which one   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どなた]
    (n) (uk) who?   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あなた]
    (n) (hum) (uk) you; dear (what a wife calls a husband)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こちら]
    (n) (1) (uk) this person; (2) this direction; (3) this side; (4) thereafter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こっち]
    (n) (1) (uk) this person; (2) this direction; (3) this side; (4) thereafter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そちら]
    (n) (uk) over there; the other   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そっち]
    (n) (uk) your (that) place; the other   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あちら]
    (n) (1) there; yonder; that   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かた]
    (n,suf) (1) person; (2) way of doing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ゆうがた]
    (n-adv,n-t) evening   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [しかた]
    (n) way; method; means; resource; course   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほう]
    (n-adv,n) side; direction; way   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうほう]
    (n) both sides; both parties   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [いっぽう]
    (conj,n-adv,n) (1) on the other hand; one side; one way; one direction; one party; the other party; (2) meanwhile; (3) only; simple; in turn   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちほう]
    (n) area; locality; district; region; the coast   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あちこち]
    (adv,n) (uk) here and there   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 々   [かたがた]
    (adv,conj,n-adv,n-t) persons; this and that; here and there; everywhere; any way; all sides; all gentlemen; all people   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 々   [ほうぼう]
    (adv,conj,n-adv,n-t) persons; this and that; here and there; everywhere; any way; all sides; all gentlemen; all people   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうこう]
    (n) direction; course; way   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうほう]
    (n) method; process; manner; way; means; technique   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みかた]
    (n) friend; ally; supporter   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [ゆくえ]
    (n) one's whereabouts   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • がない   [しかたがない]
    (adj,exp) it can't be helped; it's inevitable; it's no use; can't stand it; being impatient; being annoyed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいほうけい]
    (n) square   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

    Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

    • あの   [あのかた]
      (n) that gentleman (lady); he; she   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • やり   [やりかた]
      (n) manner of doing; way; method; means   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いっぽうつうこう]
      one-way traffic   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いっぽうてき]
      (adj-na) one-sided; unilateral; arbitrary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [うほう]
      (n) (1) right side; (2) style of Japanese court music   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かほう]
      (n) lower region; lower part   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かんぽう]
      (n) traditional Chinese medicine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かんぽうやく]
      (n) herbal medicine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いいかた]
      (n) speaking style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [こうほう]
      (n) behind; in the rear; in back   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かんがえかた]
      (n) way of thinking   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [さんぼう]
      (n) three sides; small offering stand   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • 使   [つかいかた]
      (n) way to use something; treatment; management (of help)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しほう]
      (n) every direction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [でかた]
      (n) attitude; move; theater usher   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かきかた]
      (n) way of writing; how to write   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [じょうほう]
      (n) Kyoto and vicinity; upper region or part   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [おやかた]
      (n) master   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いきかた]
      (n) way of life; how to live   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • 西   [せいほう]
      (n) western direction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [せんぽう]
      (n) other party (side); he; she; they; destination   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ぜんぽう]
      (n) forward; frontward   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ぜんぽうこうえんふん]
      (n) ancient Imperial graves   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [そうほう]
      (adj-no,n-adv,n) two way; both parties; mutual; both   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [あいてかた]
      (n) other (opposite) party   [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.