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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 禾 (のぎ) – two branch tree
Henshall Mnemonic: rice softened in the mouth in peaceful Japan
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #124 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N3 Words

  •   [へいわ]
    (adj-na,n) peace; harmony   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [わえい]
    (n) Japanese-English   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんわ]
    (n) Chinese Character-Japanese (e.g. dictionary)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えいわ]
    (n) English-Japanese (e.g. dictionary)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わふく]
    (n) Japanese clothes   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [おんわ]
    (adj-na,n) gentle; mild; moderate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうわ]
    (n) saturation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わ]
    (n) sum; harmony; peace   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • やか   [なごやか]
    (adj-na,n) mild; calm; gentle; quiet; harmonious   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • らげる   [やわらげる]
    (v1) to soften; to moderate; to relieve   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうわ]
    (adj-na,n,vs) neutralize; counteract   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうわ]
    (n) republicanism; cooperation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わふう]
    (n) Japanese style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんわ]
    (n) relief; mitigation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わぶん]
    (n) Japanese text; sentence in Japanese   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうわ]
    (n) harmony   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いわかん]
    (n) malaise; incompatibility   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ゆうわ]
    (n,vs) harmony; reconciliation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふわ]
    (adj-na,n) friction; discord; trouble; dissension; disagreement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんわ]
    (adj-na,n) gentle; mild; moderate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうわ]
    (n) peace; conclude peace   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふきょうわおん]
    (n) discord; dissonance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [やまと]
    (n) ancient Japan   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にゅうわ]
    (adj-na,n) gentleness; mildness; meekness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうかじんみんきょうわこく]
    People's Republic of China; Communist China   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • む   [なごむ]
    (v5m) to be softened; to calm down   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • らぐ   [やわらぐ]
    (v5g) to soften; to calm down; to be mitigated   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わか]
    (n) 31 syllable poem   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わがし]
    (n) Japanese confectionery   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わかい]
    (n) accommodation; compromise; mediation; reconciliation; settlement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わぎ]
    (n) peace conference or negotiations   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わぎゅう]
    (n) Japanese beef cow   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わご]
    (n) native Japanese words   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わし]
    (n) Japanese paper   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わしき]
    (n) Japanese style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わしつ]
    (n) Japanese-style room   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おしょう]
    (n) Buddhist priest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わしょく]
    (n) Japanese-style meal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうわこく]
    (n) republic; commonwealth   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうわせい]
    (n) republicanism   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうわとう]
    Republican 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.