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Kanji ordered by Frequency | Grade | Radical | Shape | Topic | Hiragana and katakana | Kana sayings | Loan words | Sayings


Topics -- Animals | Body | Buildings | Colors | Counters | Days | Direction | Earth | Food | Ideas | Language | Living | Measure | Months | Nature | Numbers | People | Places | Shapes | Things | Time | Travel | Verbs | Compounds

In the table below, each Kanji is followed by the meaning in English and the pronunciation in Romaji. The on yomi, 音読み (Chinese readings) are in normal type while kun yomi, 訓読み (Japanese readings) are in italics. Kanji in compounds usually have on yomi while Kanji used by themselves usually have kun yomi. For example, water is mizu and wheel is kuruma but water wheel is suisha 水車.

    Numbers
  1. One Ichi, Itsu Hitotsu
  2. Two Ni Futa
  3. Three San Mi
  4. Four Shi Yon
  5. Five Go Itsu
  6. Six Roku Mu
  7. Seven Shichi Nana
  8. Eight Hachi Yatsu
  9. Nine Kyuu, Ku Kokonotsu
  10. Ten Juu
  11. Hundred Hyaku
  12. Thousand Sen Chi
  13. 10,000 Man, Ban  
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  14. Color Shoku, Shiki Iro
  15. Black Koku Kuroi
  16. Blue, Green, Young Sei Aoi
  17. 空色 Blue sky Sorairo
  18. 茶色 Brown Chairoi
  19. 灰色 Gray Hairo
  20. Green Ryoku, Roku Midori
  21. Red Seki, Shaku Akai
  22. White Haku Shiro
  23. 黄色 Yellow Kiiroi
    People To top
  24. Child Shi, Su Ko
  25. 大学生 College student Daigakusei
  26. 医者 Doctor Isha
  27. Friend Yuu Tomo(dachi)
  28. I Shi Watashi, Watakushi
  29. I Ji, Shi Mizukara
  30. Man Dan, Nan Otoko
  31. Person Jin, Nin Hito
  32. Person Sha Mono
  33. 教授 Professor Ky˘ju
  34. 名誉教授 Prof emeritus Meiyo ky˘ju
  35. 学生 Student Gakusei
  36. Teacher Shi
  37. 先生 Teacher Sensei
  38. 家内 Wife (mine) Kanai
  39. Woman On'na
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  40. Prefecture Ken (36 in Japan)
  41. County, District Gun
  42. City, Market Shi Ichi
  43. Town Machi
  44. Village Son Mura
  45. Ward Ku
  46. 丁目 City block Ch˘me
  47. 中国 China Chuugoku
  48. 富士山 Fujisan
  49. 箱根 Hakone
  50. 本州 Honshu
  51. 池袋 Ikebukuro
  52. 日本 Japan Nihon
  53. 鎌倉 Kamakura
  54. 京都 Ky˘to
  55. 名古屋 Nagoya
  56. 日光 Nikk˘
  57. ニューメキシコ niyuu mekishiko
  58. 大阪 Osaka
  59. 高山 Takayama
  60. 東京 T˘ky˘
  61. 成田空港 Narita Airport
  62. 新宿 Shinjuku, new business center
  63. 新宿駅 Shinjuku station, Tokyo
  64. 米国 United State Beikoku
    The Body To top
  65. Body, Object Tai, Tei Karada
  66. Ear Ji Mimi
  67. Eye Moku, Boku Me, Ma
  68. Face Gan Kao
  69. Foot, Sufficient Soku Ashi, Tariru
  70. Hair Ke
  71. Hand Shu Te
  72. Head, Neck Shu Kubi
  73. 元気 Health Genki
  74. Heart, Mind Shin Kokoro
  75. Mouth Kuchi
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  76. 大い Big Tai, Dai ďkii
  77. Circle Gan Marui
  78. Corner, Side Kaku Tsuno
  79. Fat Tai, Ta Futo
  80. Few Sukoshi
  81. Flat, Calm Taira
  82. Half Han Naka
  83. Round, Yen En Marui
  84. 小さい Small Chiisai, Ko
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  85. 一番 Best Ichiban
  86. Cheap, Safe, Peace An Yasui
  87. Complete, Perfect Kan Mattai
  88. Correct, Justice Sei Masa,Tadashii
  89. Each Kaku Ono-ono
  90. End Matsu, Batsu Sue
  91. Every, each Mai- -goto
  92. 好む Good Konomu
  93. 良い Good Yoi
  94. Heavy, Important Omoi
  95. High, Expensive Kou Takai
  96. Many, Frequent Ta Ooi
  97. Same, Agree D˘i Onaji
  98. Space, Time, Distance,
        Relationship Kan, Ken Aida, Ma
  99. Together Kyou Tomo
  100. Wealth Fuu, Fu Tomu
  101. Weak Jaku Yowai
  102. Width, cloth Haba
  103. Whole Zen Mattaku
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  104. cups of fluid -hai -bai -ppai
  105. flat things: paper, dishes -mai
  106. floors -kai -kkai -gai
  107. hour -ji
  108. long things: pencil, tree -hon -bon -ppon
  109. minutes -hun -pun
  110. people -nin, hitori (1), futari (2)
  111. seconds -by˘
  112. small objects -ko
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  113. North Kita
  114. 西 West Nishi
  115. East Higashi
  116. South Minami
  117. Top, Up J˘ Ue, Kami
  118. Middle, Inside Chuu Naka
  119. Bottom, Down Ka, Ge Shita
  120. Right U, Yuu Migi
  121. Core, Center Shin
  122. Left Sa Hidari
  123. Enter Nyuu Hairu, Iru
  124. Go out Shutsu Desu
  125. Inside Nai, Dai Uchi
  126. Outside, Foreign Gai Soto, Hoka
  127. Near, Early Kin Chikai
  128. Far, Profound En, On Tooi
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  129. After, Behind Go Nochi, Ushiro
  130. 午後 Afternoon Gogo  
  131. Again   Mata
  132. Already, Advance Yo Kane
  133. Before Zen Mae
  134. Birth, Life Sei Nama
  135. Birth, Deceive Tan
  136. Early, Quick Haya
  137. Eternal Ei Nagai
  138. Evening Seki Yuu
  139. 時間 Hour, Time Jikan
  140. Minute, Part Fun  
  141. Morning Choo Asa
  142. Noon Go
  143. Now Kon, Kin Ima
  144. Old Ko Furu
  145. Overnight stay Haku Tomaru
  146. Future, Previous Sen Saki
  147. Seconds By˘
  148. Time, Hour Ji Toki
  149. 今日Today Ky˘
  150. 明日 Tomorrow Ashita
  151. 今夜 Tonight Konya
  152. Weekday Y˘
  153. Year Nen Toshi
    Months and Days To top
  154. 四月 April Shigatsu
  155. 五月 May Gogatsu
  156. 今月 This month Kongetsu
  157. 日曜日 Sunday Nichiy˘bi
  158. 月曜日 Monday Getsuy˘bi
  159. 火曜日 Tuesday Kay˘bi
  160. 水曜日 Wednesday Suiy˘bi
  161. 木曜日 Thursday Mokuy˘bi
  162. 金曜日 Friday Kiny˘bi
  163. 土曜日 Saturday Doy˘bi
    Animals To top
  164. Bird Tori
  165. Cat Neko
  166. Crab Kai Kani
  167. Crane Tsuru
  168. Dog Ken Inu
  169. Dragon Ryuu Tatsu
  170. Fish Gyo Sakana, Uo
  171. Heron Sagi
  172. Insect Chuu Mushi
  173. Monkey Saru
  174. Mosquito Bun Ka
  175. ねずみ Mouse Nezumi
    Food To top
  176. 頂きます Itadakimasu (say before meal)
  177. Barley, Wheat Baku Mugi
  178. 勘定 Bill, Check Kanj˘
  179. 牛肉 Beef Gyuuniku
  180. 麦酒 Beer Biiru
  181. 黒麦酒 Beer, dark Kuro biiru
  182. 生ビール Beer, draft Nama biiru
  183. 弁当 Box lunch Bent˘
  184. パン Bread Pan
  185. 鶏肉 Chicken Keiniku
  186. コーヒー Coffee K˘hii
  187. Egg Ran Tamago
  188. なすび Eggplant Nasu(bi)
  189. Food Shoku Taberu, Kuu
  190. 果物 Fruit Kudamono
  191. 焼き魚 Grilled fish Yakizakana
  192. 焼き鳥 Grilled chicken Yakitori
  193. Meat Niku Shishi
  194. ミルク Milk miruku
  195. そば Noodles, buckwheat Soba
  196. うどん Noodles, wheat Udon
  197. オレンジ Orange Orenji
  198. 注文 Order (restaurant) Chuumon
  199. 梅干し Pickeled plum Umeboshi
  200. ピザ Pizza Piza
  201. ふぐ Puffer fish (poison) Fugu
  202. ラーメン Raamen
  203. Rice, America Bei, Mai Kome
  204. 御飯 Rice (cooked), Meal Gohan
  205. もち Rice cake Mochi
  206. Salt Shio
  207. Sake, Alcohol Shu Sake
  208. 刺し身 Sashimi
  209. 海苔 Seaweed Nori
  210. しょう油 Soy sauce Sh˘yu
  211. ステーキ Steak suteiki
  212. すき焼き Sukiyaki
  213. 寿司 Sushi
  214. 定食 Table d'h˘te Teishoku
  215. Tea Cha Sa
  216. 茶の湯 Tea ceremony Cha noyu
  217. 天ぷら Tenpura
  218. みかん Tangerine Mikan
  219. 野菜 Vegetable Yasai
  220. Vinegar Su
  221. わさび Horseradish Wasabi
    Earth To top
  222. Bridge Hashi
  223. Gate Mon Kado
  224. Lake Ko Mizuumi
  225. Marsh Sawa
  226. Mountain San Yama
  227. 公園 Park K˘en
  228. Pond Ike Chi
  229. River Sen Kawa
  230. Road, Way Michi
  231. Sea Kai Umi
  232. Shore Gan Kishi
  233. Stone Seki, Shaku Ishi
  234. Valley Koku Tani, Ya
    Nature To top
  235. 明るい Bright, Dawn Akarui
  236. Cloud Un Komo
  237. Cold Kan Samusa
  238. Dry Kan Hosu
  239. Electricity Den
  240. Fire Ka Hi
  241. Heaven, Sky Ten Ama
  242. Hot Sho Atsui
  243. Hot water Yu
  244. Ice K˘ri
  245. Moon, Month Getsu Tsuki
  246. Power, Strength Ryoku Chikara
  247. Pressure Atsu
  248. Rain U Ame, Ama
  249. Sky, Empty Kuu Sora, Kara
  250. Smoke En, Kemuri
  251. Sound On, In Oto, Ne
  252. Spirit, Energy Ki, Ke
  253. Spring Shun Haru
  254. Spring, Source Sen Izumi
  255. Sun, Day Nichi, Jitsu Hi, Ka
  256. Water Sui Mizu
  257. 天気 Weather Tenki
  258. Wind, Style Fuu Kaze
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  259. 英語 English Language Eigo
  260. 振り仮名 Furigana
  261. 平仮名 Hiragana
  262. 漢字 Kanji Kanji
  263. 仮名 Kana
  264. 片仮名 Katakana
  265. Language, Word -go Kataru
  266. Lesson Kun
  267. ローマ字 Romaji Romaji
  268. Sentence, Writing Bun, Mon Fumi
  269. Speech, Word Gen, Gon Koto, Iu
  270. Speech, Story Wa Hanashi
    Ideas To top
  271. 大丈夫 All right Daij˘bu
  272. New Shin Atarashii
  273. Hope Nozomu
  274. もっと More Motto
  275. とても Very Totemo
  276. Art, Skill Gei
  277. Forbid Kin
  278. True, Reality Shin Ma, Makoto
  279. 本当 True, Genuine Hont˘
  280. Flavor, Odor Mi Aji
  281. Medical, Heal I Iyasu
  282. What, How many Ka Nani, Nan
  283. Work, Craft K˘, Ku Gu
  284. Talent Sai
  285. Origin Gen, Gan Moto
  286. Price, Value Ka Atai
  287. Stop Shi Tomaru
  288. Public Ooyake
  289. Branch, Support Shi Sasa
  290. Learning, Science Gakaku Manabu
  291. Music, Pleasure Gaku Tanoshii
  292. Name Mei, My˘ Na
  293. Light Hikari
  294. Light Hi
    Living things To top
  295. Bamboo Chiku Take
  296. Cherry Tree, Blossom Sakura
  297. Flower Hana
  298. Forest Rin Hayashi
  299. Garden, Park En Sono
  300. Grass Kusa
  301. Tree, Wood Boku, Moku Ki, Ko
    Buildings
  302. 銀行 Bank Gink˘
  303. Castle J˘ Shiro
  304. ホテル Hotel Hoteru
  305. 皇居 Imperial Palace
  306. 郵便局 Post office Yuubin kyoku
  307. 居酒屋 Pub Izakaya
  308. Railway station Eki
  309. 旅館 Ryokan (Japanese-style inn)
  310. A Shop, Problem Ten Mise
  311. 神社 Shinto shrine Jinja
  312. Store, Roof, House Oku Ya
  313. Tatami
  314. Temple, hall Dou
  315. Temple Tera
  316. 大学 University Daigaku
  317. Window Mado
    Travel To top
  318. 空港 Airport Kuuk˘
  319. 地下鉄 Metro Chikatetsu
  320. 電車 Train Densha
  321. 新幹線 Bullet Train Shinkansen
  322. 窓口 Ticket window Madoguchi
  323. 往復 Round-trip ticket ďfuku
  324. 禁煙車 No-smoking car Kin'en sha
    Things To top
  325. 風呂 Bath Furo
  326. 銭湯 Bath (public) Sent˘
  327. Book, Root, True Hon Moto
  328. Chopsticks Hashi
  329. Coating, Clothes I Koromo
  330. Drawing, Map Zu, To Hakaru
  331. Gold, Money Kin Kane
  332. Goods, Dignity Hin Shina
  333. Harbor Minato
  334. 着物 Kimono
  335. 浴衣 Kimono, summer Yukata
  336. Letter, Mark Ji
  337. お金 Money Okane
  338. 判子 Name stamp Hanko
  339. Oil Yu Abura
  340. Paper Shi Kami
  341. Part, Section Bu
  342. 暗証番号 PIN Ansh˘bang˘
  343. Plate Sara
  344. 巻き物 Scroll Makimono
  345. Shell, Shellfish Bai Hai Kai
  346. Silver Gin
  347. 切手 Stamp (postage) Kitte
  348. 足袋 Tabi (foot bag)
  349. タクシー Taxi Takushii
  350. Thing, Business Ji, Zu Koto
  351. Thread Shi Ito
  352. Umbrella San Kasa
  353. Vehicle, Wheel Sha Kuruma
  354. 草履 Z˘ri
    Verbs To top
  355. Ask Mon Tou/Toimasu
  356. Bathe Yoku Abiru/Abimasu
  357. Buy Bai Kau/Kaimasu
  358. Close Hei Shimaru/Shimarimasu
  359. Come Rai Kuru/Kimasu (irreg)
  360. Copy, Photograph Sha Utsusu
  361. する Do Suru/Shimasu (irreg)
  362. Drink In Nomu/Nomimasu
  363. Eat, Food Kuu, Shoku Taberu
  364. Go Gyou, Kou Iku/Ikimasu
  365. Hear, Ask Bun, Mon Kiku/Kikimasu
  366. Know Chi Shiru/Shimasu
  367. Open Kai Akeru/Akemasu, Hiraku
  368. 禁じる Prohibit Kinjiru/Kinjimasu
  369. Read Doku Yomu/Yomimasu
  370. Reason Yu, Yuu Yoshi
  371. See, Show Ken Miru/Mimasu
  372. Speak, Topic, Story Wa Hanasu
  373. Stand Ritsu, RyuuTatsu/Tatimasu
  374. Understand Bun, Fun Wakaru
  375. Use You Mochiiru
  376. Walk, Step Ho, Bu Aruku
  377. Wash Sen Arau/Araimasu
  378. Write, Book, Papers Sho Kaku
  379. Broil Yaku
    Compounds To top
  380. 電気 Electricity Denki
  381. 電灯 Electric light Dent˘
  382. 電池 Battery Denchi
  383. 電話 Telephone Denwa
  384. 電卓 Calculator Dentaku
  385. 新聞 Newspaper Shinbun
  386. 名刺 Name Card Meishi
  387. 写真 Photograph Shashin
  388. 工学 Engineering K˘gaku
  389. 地図 Map Chizu
  390. 多分 Perhaps Tabun
  391. 単価 Unit Price Tan Ka
  392. 何歳 How old Nansai
  393. 万歳 Banzai (Live 10,000 years)
  394. 禁煙 No Smoking Kin'en
  395. 禁止 Prohibited Kinshi

 

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