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To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
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Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
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  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
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上 means 'above'

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Strokes : 3    Frequency: 13   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-1    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 1    Beginner lesson: 3   Begins 480 words   Used in 1338 words   Used in 11811 names   Component in 23 kanji (6 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ジョウ   ショウ
   うえ above   うわ- above   げる to raise   がる to rise   かみ first half, upper part   のぼ to climb   のぼせる to bring up, to raise   のぼ to bring up
On    シャン
Kun    -あげる   あがり   -あがり   のぼ   たてまつ
Name    あおい   あげ   い   か   かき   かず   かん   こう   のぼり   ほつ
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 上 is used 87 times, read 7 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 上 is used 1280 times, read 7 ways (with 3 variations).
Note: kanji quick view shows the most useful word for each reading which is also the most common variant, and in the 10,000 most useful words in Japanese. Words shown here draw from all words in Japanese and include less common forms.
ジョウ : 654 words FIND ALL
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
1. not less than; ... and more; ... and upwards  (see also: )
2. beyond ... (e.g. one's means); further (e.g. nothing further to say); more than ... (e.g. cannot pay more than that)
(click the word to view an additional 3 meanings and 2 forms, examples and links)
ショウ : 10 words FIND ALL
holy priest; saint
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うえ : 71 words FIND ALL
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noun, 'no' adjective, adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (suffix)
1. above; up; over; elder (e.g. daughter)
2. top; summit
(click the word to view an additional 11 meanings, examples and links)
かみ : 35 words FIND ALL
upper reaches of a river; upstream  (see also: 川下)
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げる : 378 words FIND ALL
'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to rise; to go up; to come up; to ascend; to be raised  (opposite: 下がる)
2. to enter (esp. from outdoors); to come in; to go in
(click the word to view an additional 24 meanings and 4 forms, examples and links)
うわ- (read as うわ) : 77 words FIND ALL
coat; tunic; jacket; outer garment
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のぼ : 40 words FIND ALL
1. ascent; climbing; ascending (path); climb
2. up-train (e.g. going to Tokyo)  (see also: 上り列車; this meaning is restricted to form 上り)
(click the word to view an additional 1 meaning and 3 forms, examples and links)
げる (read as あげ) : 13 words FIND ALL
sales; amount sold; proceeds
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かみ (read as がみ) : 1 word FIND ALL
waist (the part of the pants located above the crotch); pant rise
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げる (read as あげり) : 1 word FIND ALL
sales profit ratio
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Henshall: 23 (originally: 37)  Joy o' Kanji : 37  Key to Kanji: 547 

Cascading kanji view

ジョウ   ショウ   うえ above   うわ- above   あげる to raise   あがる to rise   かみ first half, upper part   のぼ to climb   のぼせる to bring up, to raise   のぼ to bring up   
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