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

stroke order illustration  
English:
bright
light
On-Yomi:
メイ
ミョウ
ミン
Kun-Yomi:
あ.かり
あか.るい
あか.るむ
あか.らむ
あき.らか
あ.ける
-あ.け
あ.く
あ.くる
あ.かす
あきら
あけ
あす
きら

さや
さやか
とし
はる

Bushu (Radical) Info: 日 (にち) – sun
Henshall Mnemonic: bright sun and moon give clarity
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #67 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [せつめい]
    (n,vs) explanation; exposition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みょうにち]
    (n-t) tomorrow   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [しょうめい]
    (n,vs) proof; verification   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はつめい]
    (n,vs) invention   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんめい]
    (n) civilization; culture   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • かり   [あかり]
    (n) lamplight; light (in general); brightness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ける   [あける]
    (v1) to dawn; to become daylight   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • らか   [あきらか]
    (adj-na,n) obvious; evident; clear; plain   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めいかく]
    (adj-na,n) clear up; clarify; define   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みょうごにち]
    (n-adv,n-t) day after tomorrow   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • け   [よあけ]
    (n) dawn; daybreak   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [とうめい]
    (adj-na,n) transparency; cleanness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あけがた]
    (n-adv,n-t) dawn   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しあさって]
    (n-adv,n-t) (uk) (in) three days time (two days after tomorrow)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [けんめい]
    (adj-na,n) wisdom; intelligence; prudence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうめい]
    (n) illumination   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいめい]
    (n) declaration; statement; proclamation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ける   [うちあける]
    (v1) to be frank; to speak one's mind; to open one's heart   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふめい]
    (adj-na,n) unknown; obscure; indistinct; uncertain; ambiguous; ignorant; lack of wisdom; anonymous; unidentified   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • かす   [あかす]
    (v5s) to pass; spend; to reveal; to divulge   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • くる   [あくる]
    (adj-pn,pref) next; following   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [えいめい]
    (adj-na,n) intelligent; wise; bright; brilliant; clear-sighted   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいめい]
    (n,vs) elucidation; explication   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうめい]
    (n) investigation (esp. in academic and scientific contexts)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんめい]
    (n) declaration; statement; assertion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうみょう]
    (n) glory; hope; right future   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうめい]
    (adj-na,n) fairness; justice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうめいとう]
    Justice Party   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくめい]
    (adj-na,n) detailed; elaborate; faithfulness; diligence; conscientiousness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じめい]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) obvious; self-evident; axiomatic; self-explanatory   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しつめい]
    (n) loss of eyesight   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃくめい]
    (n,vs) explanation; vindication   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • け   [しゅうあけ]
    (n) beginning of the week; new week opening; Monday   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みぶんしょうめいしょ]
    identification papers   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せつめいしょ]
    (n) (printed) instructions   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんめい]
    (adj-na,n) vivid; clear; distinct   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • け   [ねんあけ]
    (n) (1) beginning of the year; early in the new year; (2) expiration of a term of service   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • け   [つゆあけ]
    (n) the end of the rainy season   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はんめい]
    (n,vs) establishing; proving; identifying; confirming   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひょうめい]
    (n) declaration; indication; representation; manifestation; demonstration; expression; announcement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふとうめい]
    (adj-na,n) opacity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [べんめい]
    (n,vs) explanation; excuse; vindication; apology   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みめい]
    (n-adv,n-t) early dawn; grey of morning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • くる   [あくるひ]
    (n-adv,n-t) next day; following day   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れ   [あけくれ]
    (n-adv,n-t) morning and evening; all the time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [あかり]
    (n) lamplight; light (in general); brightness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
Find more details for at jisho.org, Yookoso! or WWWJDIC

Acknowledgments

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.