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Components used in the Jōyō kanji
Standard 214 radicals (and their variants)
All components and radicals
FLASHCARDS
1 stroke
1. one
2. stick
3. dot
4. katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
Variants: 丿
5. second
Variants:
5. second
Variants:
5. second
Variants:
6. hook
Variants: 𠄌
𠄌
6. hook
Variants:
𠃊
shelf
three
Note: looks like the number three
fu
Variants:
Note: from pronunciation of katakana 'fu'
2 strokes
connect
katakana 'yu'
Note: from pronunciation of katakana 'yu'
4. whereupon
Variants: 丿
7. two
8. lid
Note: see also (cover) and (roof)
9. man
9. man
Variants:
𠆢
9. man
Variants:
𠂉
9. man
Variants:
10. legs
11. enter
12. eight
12. katakana 'ha'; eight
Variants:
12. eight
Variants:
13. wide
Variants:
14. cover; covered
Note: see also (lid) and (roof)
15. ice
Variants:
15. ice
Variants:
16. table
𠘨
16. table
Variants:
17. open box
18. sword
18. sword
Variants:
19. effort
20. wrap
21. spoon
Note: visually similar to (seven)
22. side open box
23. side open box
Variants:
24. ten
𠂇
24. ten
Variants:
25. divining rod
26. seal
Variants:
26. seal
Variants:
27. cliff
27. cliff
Variants:
28. private
Variants:
29. again
crossed swords
Variants:
crossed swords
Variants:
corner
Variants:
reach
below
Variants:
katakana 'ma'
Note: katakana 'ma' - meaning in mnemonics taken from pronunciation
whereupon one
nine
seven
Note: visually similar to (spoon)
block
Note: block of tofu, city block
3 strokes
1000; thousand
10,000
blade
genius
amount to
of
katakana 'ta'
30. mouth
Note: visually similar to (box)
31. box; enclosure
Note: visually similar to (mouth)
32. ground; earth
Note: visually similar to (samurai)
33. samurai
Note: visually similar to (ground)
34. go
35. go slowly
36. night
37. big
38. woman; female
39. child
39. child
Variants:
40. roof
Note: see also (lid) and (cover)
41. inch
42. small
42. small
Variants:
42. small
Variants:
43. lame
44. corpse
45. sprout
45. sprout
Variants:
46. mountain
47. river
48. work
49. self
50. turban
51. dry; drying frame
52. short thread
52. short thread
Variants:
广
53. stony cliff
54. long stride
55. twenty
56. shoot
Note: shoot as in 'shoot an arrow'
57. bow
58. snout (of a pig)
yo = to yell / say hi
Variants:
yo = to yell / say hi
Variants:
yo; yell
Variants:
yo = to yell / say hi
Variants:
59. fur
60. step
61. heart
Variants:
64. hand
Variants:
85. water
Variants:
90. left side
Variants:
94. dog
Variants:
140. grass
Variants:
140. grass
Variants:
162. move
Variants:
163. group
Variants:
Note: appears on the right side of kanji; visually identical to (hill)
170. hill
Variants:
Note: appears on the left side of kanji; visually identical to (group)
wavy river
table
assembly
one pair of legs
Mo, as if name of person (from similarity to katakana モ = mo)
three
above
round; circle
dead
simple
from
Note: visually similar to (drying frame)
ladle
to be
4 strokes
measure
fat
not
counter for animals
barracks
decide
high spirits
plausible
water ma
nine out of ten
etc.
43. lame
Variants:
61. heart
61. heart
Variants:
62. spear; javelin
63. door
63. door
Variants:
64. hand
65. support
66. strike
66. strike
Variants:
67. literature
68. Big Dipper
69. axe
70. way
71. not, nothing
71. not, nothing
Variants:
72. sun; day
73. it is said
74. month; moon
Variants:
74. month; moon
Variants:
75. tree
Variants:
75. katakana 'ho'; tree
Variants:
76. lack
77. stop
78. death
79. lance shaft
80. mother
Variants:
80. mother
Variants:
81. compare
82. fur
83. family
84. steam
85. water
Variants:
86. fire
86. fire
Variants:
87. claw
Variants:
87. claw
Variants:
87. claw
Variants:
88. father
89. divination
90. left side
91. right side
93. cow
93. cow
Variants:
94. dog
113. show
Variants:
Note: very similar to (clothes)
122. net
Variants:
122. net
Variants:
122. net
Variants:
125. old
Variants:
130. body part
Variants:
Note: visually very similar to ⺝(month)
𧘇
145. clothes
Variants:
162. move
Variants:
𠫓
private lidded
master
Variants:
slashed yo
slashed yo
Variants:
whereupon by the ground
king
high-priced; expensive; lofty
start; initiate
wheel around
Note: katakana 'wi' - meaning in mnemonics taken from pronunciation
ladder
comma
change
calamity
Note: very similar to (heaven)
five
middle
now
inside
official
Note: as in 'an official message'
few
six
origin; original
husband
anti
friend
ward
noon
say
fragrant
shaku
Note: a shaku is a measurement, so used in sense of 'a shaku of xxx'
villain
not
Note: visually similar to (pig)
mourn
burden
廿
twenty; 20
heaven
Note: visually similar to (calamity)
together
Variants:
license
previously; in advance
divide
well
5 strokes
former
left
long time
book
cloth
certainly
history
guy
broad
lose
huge
replace
third
first
hill
flat
dollar
small man
dotted ho
eight mouths
𠬝
sealed up again
10,000 cliffs
Variants:
𢆉
yen
15. ice
78. death
Variants:
80. mother
85. water
Variants:
92. tusk
95. mystery
96. jewel
98. tile
99. sweet
100. life
101. to use
102. rice field
103. roll of cloth; bolt of cloth
103. roll of cloth
Variants:
104. ill; illness
105. hairy legs
106. white
107. skin
108. dish
109. eye
110. halberd
111. arrow
112. stone
Note: visually similar to
113. show
114. tracks
115. grain
116. hole
Note: visually similar to some variants of net, such as
117. stand
122. net
Variants:
Note: variants can be visually similar to (hole)
145. clothes
Variants:
Note: very similar to (show)
classroom
𡗗
three men
electricity
master
although
ground again
good; possible
centre; center
go out
furry man
wide mouth
at night you seal
first family
market
add
half
put in place
old
right
Note: visually similar to
pedestal; platform
not yet
Note: visually similar to (end)
say
leave
administer
elder brother; brother
order; command; good
verse
wrap
occupy
volume
summon
and another
reason
Note: visually similar to (say) and (first)
correct
ahead
Variants:
two mouths
Variants: 𠂤
dawn
hare
five
almost lined up
Variants:
Note: visually similar to (lined up)
thirty
6 strokes
every
good luck
manly
ceremony
become
cause
allot
row
contend
thorn
again; also
3x the effort
private month
the master with the sword
protection
97. melon
102. stony rice field
Variants:
118. bamboo
Variants:
118. bamboo
Variants:
119. rice
120. thread
Variants:
121. can
122. net
123. sheep
𦍌
123. sheep
Variants:
123. sheep
Variants:
124. feather
125. old
126. rake
127. plow; plough
128. ear
129. brush
130. meat
Variants:
132. self
133. reach
134. mortar
𦥑
134. mortar
Variants:
135. tongue
137. boat
138. good
Variants:
139. color
140. grass
141. tiger
142. insect
143. blood
144. to go
145. clothes
西
146. west
146. west
Variants: 西
𠂢
tributary
𢦏
ten spears
relation
relation
Variants:
thriving
standing on the cliff
sign of the hog; hog
younger brother
combine
grass sprout
the body part and the sword
the water man
𠂤
two mouths
fit
same
possess
hundred; 100
early; fast
mix; mixed
together
again
temple
every, each
melody; curve
sign
content; purport
scarlet
this
jewel
extend
dog
Note: visually similar to (five)
next
gossip
Variants:
each; every
7 strokes
I; myself
spine; ロ sound
announce
sell
court
male
effective
excellent
request
break
you
filial piety
system
give
amazed
between
sit
private lidded river
nourishment
the man with the stick strikes
resist
-
131. subject
136. oppose
138. good
142. insect
Variants:
146. west
Variants: 西
147. see
148. corner
149. say; word
149. say
Variants:
150. valley
151. bean
152. pig
153. badger
154. shellfish
155. red
156. run
157. foot
157. foot
Variants:
158. body
159. car
160. spicy
161. dragon
162. move
163. group
164. sake flask
165. topped rice
166. village
168. long
Variants:
199. wheat
use your ma
license to go
first time; the first time
bright
eight elder brothers
drink
three spears
surplus; left over; extra
I; myself
bundle
resemble
again
8 strokes
friend
honest
blaze
young
seedling
house
overgrown
walk
determined
let go
hard
uncle
grow up
yield
exist
religion
to present
lined up
Note: visually similar to (almost lined up) and (almost lined up one time)
hill
escape
broom
a certain
die, dice
high
think
one hundred men
167. gold
168. long
169. gate
170. hill
171. slave
172. little bird
173. rain
Variants:
173. rain
Variants:
174. blue
174. blue
Variants:
175. mistake
184. eat; food
Variants: 𩙿
210. equal
white turban
ground ahead
standing mouths
watery yo
strange
take
unanimous
ragged
𠦝
ten times earlier
person
east
capital
bureaucrat
circumference
wood; trees
ancient; old
hang down; hanging
result; fruit; bear fruit
happiness
enjoyment
that
9 strokes
specialist; expert
rule
spring
minister
just so
build
piteous
sovereign
everyone
prefecture
daimyo
a certain
excessive
husband
brilliant
lie down
claw your one friend
when the sun is almost lined up
eight pigs
stand in the tree
net in the tree
excess
Variants:
176. mask
177. leather
179. leek
180. sound
181. page
182. wind
183. fly
184. eat; food
Variants: 𩙿
𩙿
184. eat; food
Variants:
185. neck
186. fragrance
make the man go all day
ten beans
gossip
glorious
hard
in general; generalization; generalisation
long-tailed monkey; monkey
army
heavy
goods
simple
flat
all
fill
chieftain
10 strokes
truth
meadow
summer
house
already
damaged
double
carrier
crow
ability
in the well again
first day of the month
long kimono
crane; flying bird
Variants:
178. tanned leather
187. horse
188. bone
189. expensive; high
190. hair
191. fighting
193. tripod
194. ogre
𦰩
the husband with the grass mouth
employee
must not
royal we; we
11 strokes
chapter
festival
cadet
ballot
move
different
kill
wide
man in the tree with water
big little bird
rare beast
reeds
finally
get round the ground ahead
195. fish
鹿
198. deer
199. wheat
Variants:
200. flax; flux
Note: sometimes used in mnemonics in sense of 'flux of time'
201. yellow
203. black
violet
old trader
trader
torture; blame
bird
12 strokes
morning
scenery
respect
child
return
virtuous
how many
precious
decorations
potter's clay
lofty
dilapidated
troublesome
201. yellow
Variants:
202. millet
203. black
Variants:
complementary
turn
formerly
13 strokes
idea
honour; meaning
stare
206. three-legged stool
measure
good badger
207. hand drum
six lots of clothes together
goods in the tree
rule
14 strokes
doubt
claws a yo from your heart
209. nose
210. equal
Variants:
the little bird gives two yos
15 strokes
keep watch
16 strokes
212. dragon
Variants:
17 strokes
214. flute
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