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向 means 'confront'

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Strokes : 6    Frequency: 119   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-2    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 16    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 71 words   Used in 397 words   Used in 1483 names   Component in 9 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   かう to confront    to turn towards   こう opposite direction   ける to direct towards
Kun    むこ   む   -む   -む   むかい   むか
Name    こお   た   な   むか   むかい   むこう
向 is read ひなた
⿱   () katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from   wide mouth  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 向 is used 17 times, read 2 ways. 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 向 is used 366 times, read 5 ways. 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
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.
コウ : 196 words FIND ALL
1. direction; orientation; bearing; way
2. course (e.g. of action)
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むこ : 2 words FIND ALL
diagonally opposite  (see also: 筋向かい)
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かう : 159 words FIND ALL
0 2
1. opposite side; other side; opposite direction
2. over there; that way; far away; beyond
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むか : 6 words FIND ALL
'u' godan verb, intransitive verb
to be opposite; to face each other
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こう (read as むこう) : 2 words FIND ALL
1. dish placed on the far side of the serving table (kaiseki cuisine); side dishes at a banquet (e.g. sashimi, salad, vinegared dish; not rice or soup)  (see also: 懐石; food term)
2. resting one's forehead on the chest of one's opponent and grabbing his belt  (sumo term)
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Part of a non-standard reading: 1 word. FIND ALL
sunny place; in the sun
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Henshall: 294 (originally: 278)  Joy o' Kanji : 278  Key to Kanji: 317 

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コウ   むかう to confront   む to turn towards   むこう opposite direction   むける to direct towards   
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
wide mouth
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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