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

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
亠 (なべぶた) – lid
夕 (ゆうべ) – evening
Henshall Mnemonic: at night, person puts on top hat to view moon
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #487 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [ゆうべ]
    (n-adv,n-t) last night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よる]
    (n-adv,n-t) evening; night   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [こんや]
    (n-adv,n-t) this evening; tonight   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • け   [よあけ]
    (n) dawn; daybreak   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てつや]
    (n) all night; all-night vigil; sleepless night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よなか]
    (n-adv,n-t) midnight; dead of night   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [しんや]
    (n-adv,n-t) late at night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やかん]
    (n-adv,n-t) at night; nighttime   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やこう]
    (n) walking around at night; night train; night travel   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [にちや]
    (n-adv,n) day and night; always   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やぐ]
    (n) bedding   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • かし   [よふかし]
    (n) staying up late; keeping late hours; sitting up late at night; nighthawk   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • け   [よふけ]
    (n) late at night   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [ちゅうや]
    (adv,n) day and night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくや]
    (n-adv,n-t) last night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まよなか]
    (n-adv,n-t) dead of night; midnight   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんや]
    (n-adv,n-t) last night; the previous night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つきよ]
    (n) moonlit night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうや]
    (n-adv,n-t) the same night; that night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やがく]
    (n) evening course; night-school   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [つや]
    (n) all-night vigil over a body; a wake   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やきん]
    (n) night shift   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よぞら]
    (n) night sky   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やけい]
    (n) night view   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちや]
    (n-adv,n-t) one night; all night; overnight; one evening   [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.