The Math of Kanji #1

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This article will compile all the posts that we put on our facebook about Kanji Math, written by ~Ayri.

In the article we took a random word, and quickly examined the 2 kanji present in that word, their readings, and some words that have the kanji. The stroke order and other Kanji details can be found on the website jisho, just search by Kanji.

火山 (かざん) kazan = volcano


Meaning: fire, spark.
ON reading: か (ka), こ (ko).
KUN reading: ひ (hi), やく (yaku).

Examples of words that use this kanji:
– 火 (hi) fire
– 火事 (kaji) fire
– 火薬 (kayaku) gunpowder
– 火曜日 (kayoubi) Tuesday.
– 火星 (kasei) Mars.
– 火のつきやすい (hinotsukiyasui) flammable


Meaning: mountain, hill, mount.
ON reading: さん (san), せん (sen)
KUN reading: やま (yama)

Examples of words that use this kanji:
– 山 (yama) mountain.
– 山彦 (yamabico) echo.
– 山頂 (yamagoya) mountain top;
– 山賊 (sanzoku) bandit.
– 登山 (tozan) mountaineering.
– 富士山 (fujisan) Mount Fuji

音楽 (おんがく) ongaku


Meaning: sound, voice, noise, noise, noise.
ON reading: おん (on), いん (in).
KUN reading: おと (oto), ね (ne).

Examples of words that use this kanji:
– 音 (oto) sound.
– 発音 (hatsuon) pronunciation.
– 音符 (onpu) music note.
– 音量 (onryou) volume.
– 音節 (onsetsu) syllable.
– 音波 (onpa) sound wave., ripple.
– 音律 (onritsu) tone, rhythm.


Meaning: fun, joy, ease.
ON reading: がく (gaku), らく (raku).
KUN reading: たのしい (tanoshii), たのしむ (tanoshimu).

Examples of words that use this kanji:
– 楽しい (tanoshii) fun.
– 楽観する (rakkan-suru) be optimistic.
– 楽しく (tanoshiku) happily, happily.
– 楽人 (gakujin) musician.
– 楽器 (gakki) musical instrument.
– 楽隊 (gakutai) music band. orchestra.

花火 (はなび) hanabi = Fireworks


Meaning: flower.
ON reading: か (ka), け (ke).
KUN reading: はな (hana), わ (wa).

Examples of words that use this kanji:
– 花 (hana) flower.
– 花嫁 (hanayome) bride;
– 花束 (hanataba) flower arrangement, bouquet.
– 花火 (hanami) enjoy the flowers.
– 花瓶 (kabin) flower vase or pitcher
– 生け花 (ikebana) the art of flower arrangement.


Meaning: fire, spark.
ON reading: か (ka), こ (ko).
KUN reading: ひ (hi), やく (yaku).
Examples of words that use this kanji:
– 火 (hi) fire
– 火葬 (kasou) cremation
– 噴火 (funka) volcanic eruption.
– 火急 (kakyuu) emergency, urgent.
– 火成岩 (kaseigan) igneous rock.
– 火山灰 (kazanbai) volcanic ash.

山水(さんすい) Sansui = Landscape.

(yama)
Meaning: mountain, hill, mount.
ON reading: さん (san), せん (sen).
KUN reading: やま (yama).

Examples of words that use this kanji:
– 沢山 (takusan) a lot, abundant, a lot.
– 山脈 (sanmyaku) mountain range;
– 山崩れ (yamakuzure) landslide.
– 山寺 (yamadera) Buddhist temple in the middle of the mountain.
– 富士山 (fujisan) Mount Fuji.

(mizu)
Meaning: Water.
ON reading: すい (sui).
KUN reading: みず (mizu).

Examples of words that use this kanji:
– 水夫 (suifu) sailor, sailor.
– 水銀 (suigin) mercury.
– 水薬 (suiyaku) liquid medicine.
– 水際 (mizugiwa) shore or edge of water, shore.
– 水曜日 (suiyoubi) Wednesday.

用心 (ようじん) youjin = Caution.

用 (you)
Meaning: use, employment, apply, operate.
ON reading: よう (you).
KUN reading: もち(mochi) いる(iru).

Examples of words that use this kanji:
– 用意 (youi) preparation.
– 用事 (youji) affairs, business, errand, things.
– 代用 (daiyou) = replacement.
– 常用 (jouyou) = usual usage.
– 引用 (inyou) = quote.

心 (kokoro)
Meaning: heart, mind, soul, spirit.
ON reading: しん (shin)
KUN reading: こころ (kokoro), ごころ (gokoro)

Examples of words that use this kanji:
– 心臓 (shinzou) the heart organ.
– 安心 (anshin) peace of mind, peace of mind, clear conscience.
– 無心 (mushin) = innocent.
– 真心 (magokoro) = sincerity, honesty, frankness.
– 決心 (kesshin) = decision, determination, resolution.

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