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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

  •   [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]
  •   [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]
  •   [ゆうがた]
    (n-adv,n-t) evening   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あなた]
    (n) (hum) (uk) you; dear (what a wife calls a husband)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あちら]
    (n) (1) there; yonder; that   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [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]
  •   [かた]
    (n,suf) (1) person; (2) way of doing   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

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

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [ほうほう]
    (n) method; process; manner; way; means; technique   [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]
  •   [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]
  •   [みかた]
    (n) friend; ally; supporter   [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]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [ほうていしき]
    (n) equation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうめん]
    (n) direction; district; field (e.g., of study)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ゆくえ]
    (n) one's whereabouts   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

    Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

    •   [あさがた]
      (n-adv,n) toward morning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • 西   [せいほう]
      (n) western direction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • 使   [つかいかた]
      (n) way to use something; treatment; management (of help)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ほうほうろん]
      (n) methodology   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちちかた]
      (n) father's side of family   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • メートル   [りっぽうメートル]
      cubic meter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しほう]
      (n) every direction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちほうぎかい]
      local assembly   [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]
    •   [ちほうこうきょうだんたい]
      (n) local public body   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちほうこうむいん]
      local government employee   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちほうぎょうせい]
      local administration   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いいかた]
      (n) speaking style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [うほう]
      (n) (1) right side; (2) style of Japanese court music   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちほうじち]
      local (governmental) autonomy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちほうじちたい]
      (n) local self-governing body   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いきかた]
      (n) way of life; how to live   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちほうぜい]
      (n) local taxes   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [じょうほう]
      (n) Kyoto and vicinity; upper region or part   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちほうぶんけん]
      decentralization of power   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • キロメートル   [へいほうキロメートル]
      square kilometer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • メートル   [へいほうメートル]
      square metre   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • やり   [やりかた]
      (n) manner of doing; way; method; means   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • あの   [あのかた]
      (n) that gentleman (lady); he; she   [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.