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Kanji
Popular Kanji


ai / itoshii
love

ji / samurai
samurai

tou / katana
a sword

zoku / yakara
tribe

ka / hana
flower

kai / umi
sea

ku / sora
sky

sei / hoshi
star

ou / sakura
cherry blossom

on / oto
sound

ka / natsu
summer

kou / hikari
light

mu / yume
cherry blossom

fu / kaze
wind

ko / tora
tiger

ya / yoru
night

kei / megumi
bless

rai / kaminari
thunder

shou / katsu
win

kou / niji
rainbow

bu / mu / takeshi
martial arts

yu / tomo
friend

ha / nami
wave

sui / mizu
water

dou / michi
road

ryoku / midori
green

un / kumo
clowd

kou / isao
skillful

bu / mai
dance

riki / chikara
power

ki / hime
princess

shi / ko
child

Kanji
History of Kanji


Kanji means Chinese letter or character.

The script was invented by the Chinese and adopted by the Japanese around the middle of the 6th century AD.
Kanji are ideographs meaning that the whole character conveys a meaning rather than just a sound(as in the case of hiragana and katakana letters).
Kanji were originally drawn as pictures from nature but gradually transformed to more generalized representations.
By the end of year nine Japanese students will have learned 1945 kanji as prescribed by the Japanese Ministry of Education (the Jouyou Kanji).
There are many many more less commonly used kanji totaling over 5000.

Kanji originally came from China about 3000 to 4000 years ago.

The ancient Chinese drew pictures of various things around them.
These pictures have gradually simplified and have taken on a square shape to make them easier to write.
After many years, numerous Kanji was made by people.
Chinese Kanji came to Japan about 2000 years ago. Until then, we had no letters.

Kanji
The origin of Kanji


Shokei characters

Shokei characters are pictographic sketches of the object.
"Shokei" means "to make, imitate, represent an object".
There are about 600 Shokei characters and we study in elementary schools.

Keisei characters

Shiji characters are simple ideographs.These character represent an abstract concept (numbers, position, etc).
"Shiji" means "instruct, direct". This characters are also taught at elementary schools.

Keisei characters

Kaii characters are a combination of "Shokei Moji" and "Shiji Moji". "Kaii" means "bring together the meaning".
We study "Kaii Moji" in elementary schools.

Keisei characters

Keisei characters are phono-semantic and making up about 80 percent of the characters.
One component represents the meaning of the entire character( "Kei"), while the other component represents its pronunciation("Sei").
This characters are also taught at elementary schools.