Jisho

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11 strokes
Radical:
divide, distinguish, choose
Parts:
Variants:
explanation
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1097 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 釈明 【シャクメイ】 explanation, vindication
  • 釈放 【シャクホウ】 release, liberation, acquittal
  • 保釈 【ホシャク】 bail, releasing on bail
  • 講釈 【コウシャク】 lecture, exposition
  • 釈然 【シャクゼン】 fully satisfied, well satisfied (e.g. with an explanation or apology), to have one's heart completely cleared of doubt or grudge

Readings

Japanese names:
しゃ
Chinese:
shi4
Korean:
seog

Spanish

  • explicación
  • interpretación
  • perdón
  • abreviatura de Buda

Portuguese

  • explicação

French

  • explication
  • justification
802 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
885 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1214 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4809 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
660 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1841 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1395 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
595 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
605 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
763 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1800 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1876 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
997 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1349 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1927 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
40120P Morohashi
1484 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6203 New Nelson (John Haig)
1908 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2057 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1494 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2262 2001 Kanji
6b5.5 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-4 SKIP code
2798.7 Four corner code
28-65 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
91c8 Unicode hex code

8 strokes
Radical:
sun, day
Parts:
Variants:

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 明 【メイ】 brightness, clarity, acumen, power of vision, nth year in the Meiji era (1868.9.8-1912.7.30)
  • 明暗 【メイアン】 light and darkness, light and shade
  • 光明 【コウミョウ】 bright light, hope, bright future, light emanating from a buddha or bodhisattva, symbolizing their wisdom and compassion
  • 英明 【エイメイ】 intelligent, wise, bright, brilliant, clear-sighted
  • 明 【ミョウ】 vidya (wisdom), mantra, the coming (July 4, etc.)
  • 明日 【アシタ】 tomorrow, near future
  • 光明 【コウミョウ】 bright light, hope, bright future, light emanating from a buddha or bodhisattva, symbolizing their wisdom and compassion
  • 内明 【ナイミョウ】 adhyatmavidya (inner studies, ancient Indian philosophy)
  • 明 【ミン】 Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
  • 明楽 【ミンガク】 Ming-era Chinese music (popularized in Japan during the early 17th century)

Kun reading compounds

  • 明かり 【あかり】 light, illumination, glow, gleam, lamp, light
  • 明り先 【あかりさき】 source of light
  • 明るい 【あかるい】 light, well-lit, well-lighted, bright (of a colour), brightly-coloured, brightly-colored, cheerful, bright, spirited, sunny (e.g. disposition), encouraging (for the future of a project, etc.), promising, of fair prospects, familiar (with), knowledgeable (about), well versed (in), fair (e.g. politics), clean, impartial
  • 明るむ 【あかるむ】 to brighten, to grow light
  • 明らむ 【あからむ】 to become luminous at dawn (esp. the sky)
  • 明らか 【あきらか】 obvious, evident, clear, plain
  • 明らかにする 【あきらかにする】 to make clear, to clarify, to disclose, to make public
  • 開ける 【あける】 to open (a door, etc.), to unwrap (e.g. parcel, package), to unlock, to open (for business, etc.), to empty, to remove, to make space, to make room, to move out, to clear out, to be away from (e.g. one's house), to leave (temporarily), to dawn, to grow light, to end (of a period, season), to begin (of the New Year), to leave (one's schedule) open, to make time (for), to make (a hole), to open up (a hole)
  • 開く 【あく】 to open (e.g. doors), to open (e.g. business, etc.), to be empty, to be vacant, to be available, to be free, to be open (e.g. neckline, etc.), to have been opened (of one's eyes, mouth, etc.), to come to an end, to open (one's eyes, mouth, etc.), to have a hole, to form a gap, to have an interval (between events)
  • 明くる 【あくる】 next (day, morning, etc.), following
  • 明くる 【あくる】 next (day, morning, etc.), following
  • あくる日 【あくるひ】 next day, following day
  • 明かす 【あかす】 to pass (the night), to spend, to reveal, to divulge, to disclose, to expose, to prove, to verify

Readings

Japanese names:
あきら、 あけ、 あす、 きら、 け、 さや、 さやか、 とし、 はる、 み、 め
Chinese:
ming2
Korean:
myeong

Spanish

  • luz
  • brillo
  • claridad
  • listo
  • inteligente
  • claro
  • luminoso
  • iluminar
  • aclarar

Portuguese

  • brilhante
  • luz

French

  • clair
  • lumière
141 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
228 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
208 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
84 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2110 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
58 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
186 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
623 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
3.9 Japanese for Busy People
18 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
18 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
106 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
984 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1060 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
572 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
756 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
20 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
13805 Morohashi
855 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2435 New Nelson (John Haig)
20 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
20 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
152 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
167 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3846 2001 Kanji
4c4.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-4-4 SKIP code
6702.0 Four corner code
44-32 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
660e Unicode hex code