井 means 'well'

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Strokes : 4    Frequency: 272   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-1    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 28 words   Used in 84 words   Used in 8123 names   Component in 28 kanji (7 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   セイ   ショウ
   a well
Name    いの   さい   ひ
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 井 - click the badge to download
Why have the Japanese worshipped well water, shouted down wells, and jokingly called the Edo era the "Ido" era? How do people use the shape of a well in everything from kimono cloth to business slang? How does 井 figure into economic and political discussions? Find out all of this and much more, including the role of wells in folktales, proverbs, and Haruki Murakami's fiction.
The essay is also included in the following Thematic Bundles
Be Square
升 井 坪 斗
As these essays amply demonstrate, squares delineate much of life in Japan. Two tatami mats placed side by side form a square, and those squares (坪) constitute units of measurements, whether of floor space or land area. Ceilings traditionally have lattice patterns. Students write in squares on grid paper. People drink saké from wooden masu boxes. Japanese wells are typically square, and the shape of a well ledge has inspired all kinds of hashtag-like designs from famous corporate logos to family crests to fabric patterns. These essays will have you thinking inside the box!
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 井 is used 6 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 井 is used 78 times, read 3 ways.
ショウ (read as じょう) : 21 words FIND ALL
ceiling; ceiling price
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セイ : 18 words FIND ALL
oil well
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い : 39 words FIND ALL
water well
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An additional 6 less common words include 井 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1470  Joy o' Kanji : 1470  Key to Kanji:

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セイ   ショウ   い a well   
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