岡 means 'hill'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 532   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-14    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 27    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 15 words   Used in 23 words   Used in 3821 names   Component in 6 kanji (3 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   おか hill, Mount
On    コウ
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 岡 - click the badge to download
Find out what role 岡 (primarily 'hill') could possibly play in a bathhouse, on an inkstone, in a wooden carrying box, in unrequited love, and in a 2nd-class red-light district. The essay provides connective thread between uses of 岡 that otherwise seem completely random. See how 岡 relates to , another kanji for "hill." And enjoy a bevy of photos with 岡 in the names of people and places.
The essay is also included in the following Thematic Bundles
Ups and Downs
凹 丘 凸 岡
This essay collection about hilly topography focuses in part on the physical world: bumpy surfaces, volcanic cones, lens curvature, embossed paper, and especially flat abs! But such topics are also rich in figurative possibilities. One essay first examines objects that stand apart from the rest, then demonstrates how being separated from the main action affords a clear vantage point. That essay also touches on unrequited love. Another illuminates how it feels to be overwhelmed and slightly depressed. A third addresses the ups and downs of life. Uneven ground proves to be fertile!
In Hot Water
栓 槽 岡 呂
Bathing in Japan could mean communing with nature, following rigid procedures in a bathhouse, or soaking in water that other relatives have used. These essays cover all situations. They introduce practical terms for "bathtub," "turning on a faucet," and "overflowing." You'll learn where people bathed before owning bathtubs. You'll see how, in bathhouses, smaller, raised pools and larger pools below floor level respectively represent land and sea. You'll learn which "bathtub" term the Japanese associate with empty basins versus full pools at hot springs. And you'll discover how bathing has connected to religion, family bonds, prostitution, and a famous thief.
⿵   wide  ⿱   () grass   mountain  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 岡 is used 4 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 岡 is used 19 times, read 2 ways.
コウ : 1 word FIND ALL
hill  (archaic)
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おか : 18 words FIND ALL
Fukuoka (city)
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An additional 4 less common words include 岡 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 1968  Key to Kanji:

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おか hill, Mount   
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サン   やま mountain   
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