升 means 'measure'

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Strokes : 4    Frequency: 2564   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-47    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 8 words   Used in 17 words   Used in 193 names   Component in 8 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ます a measure (of a drink)
On    ショウ
Name    のぼる
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Find out why the Japanese drink saké out of small wooden boxes. Learn how their role has changed in Japan over time, and see how they have brought out the playfulness in designers. Learn when to interpret 升 as a unit of measurement or as a container, and distinguish 升 from , , , and , which have overlapping meanings. Finally, see why 升 is popular in a Chinese context. By the way, the JOK Notebook entry for March 1, 2013, takes a close look at eight of the Japanese sentences that appear in this essay.
The essay is also included in the following Thematic Bundles
Steeped in Saké
酌 升 斗 杯
Just one kanji in this bundle includes a "saké" radical (oddly enough!), but saké flows liberally through all four essays, which collectively soak you in Japanese drinking culture. They showcase containers of alcohol, from tiny "choko" cups and wooden "masu" boxes to barrels of saké, and ways of measuring these liquids. The essays focus on the role of alcohol in celebrations (especially at the new year) and in rituals to honor the dead. Japanese expectations around drinking become clear, including the importance of refilling another person's glass and even the ritual of exchanging cups. Kanpai!
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!
⿱   () katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from   twenty  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 升 is used 2 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 升 is used 17 times, read 2 ways.
ショウ : 8 words FIND ALL
sho (unit of volume, approx. 1.8 litres)
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ます : 9 words FIND ALL
2 0
1. measuring container; measure
2. box (seating at a theatre, etc.)
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ます a measure (of a drink)   
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
twenty; two hands   
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ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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