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

stroke order illustration  
old Japanese coin
counter for vehicles
Bushu (Radical) Info: 一 (いち) – one
Henshall Mnemonic: scales weigh both parts of a pair
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #247 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [りょうしん]
    (n) parents; both parents   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [りょうほう]
    (n) both sides; both parties   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [りょうがえ]
    (n,vs) change; money exchange   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [りょうりつ]
    (n) compatibility; coexistence; standing together   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [りょうあし]
    (n) both feet; both legs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうりょう]
    (n) junior-grade sumo wrestler   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうはし]
    (n) both ends; either end; both edges; sitting on the fence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうとう]
    (n) both political parties   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃりょう]
    (n) (1) rolling stock; railroad cars; vehicles   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうじつ]
    (n-t) both days; two days   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちりょう]
    (n-adv) (1) one vehicle; (2) one ryou (an old coin)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうめん]
    (n) both sides; two sides   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうゆう]
    (n) two great men (rivals)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうよく]
    (n) both wings; both flanks   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうりん]
    (n) two wheels   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうろん]
    (n) both arguments (theories)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょううで]
    (n) both arms   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょういん]
    (n) both Houses of Parliament   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうがん]
    (n) both banks (of a river)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうがん]
    (n) both eyes   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうぐん]
    (n) both armies; both teams   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうこく]
    (n) both countries   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうし]
    (n) both persons   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうしゃ]
    (n) pair; the two; both persons; both things   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうて]
    (n) (1) (with) both hands; (2) approvingly   [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.