KSP Core Kanji

Common Kanji

The 80 kanji below are the ‘core kanji’ in the KSP kanji series. That is, they are kanji that are not obviously derived from other kanji, or from combinations of simpler primitives. In many cases, they are common kanji that are useful to know in their own right, but in some cases they are oddities that belong on the list because they have their own distinct shape.

The kanji are listed according to the number of strokes they contain, but within kanji that share stroke counts, the sequence is partly random. (They will ultimately be sequenced according to the order they are met within the KSP joyo kanji.)

Eventually this page will provide links to a page on each of the core kanji.


1 one {1}

2 hook {1}

3 seven {2}

4 eight {2}

5 nine {2}

6 ten {2}

7 person {2}

8 again {2}

9 spoon {2}

10 power {2}

11 sword {2}

12 fist {2}

13 street {2}

14 mouth {3}

15 soil {3}

16 genius {3}

17 craft {3}

18 self {3}

19 stream {3}

20 mountain {3}

21 small {3}

22 of {3}

23 long time {3}

24 bow {3}

25 dry {3}

26 large {3}

27 evening {3}

28 woman {3}

29 child {3}

30 inch {3}

31 sun {4}

32 hand {4}

33 tree {4}

34 moon {4}

35 water {4}

36 fire {4}

37 writing {4}

38 axe {4}

39 one-sided {4}

40 cow {4}


41 tusk {4}

42 claw {4}

43 father {4}

44 shaku {4}

45 family name {4}

46 heart {4}

47 lack {4}

48 beforehand {4}

49 measuring cup {4}

50 well {4}

51 mutually {4}

52 sign of the cow {4}

53 fur {4}

54 circle {4}

55 eye {5}

56 rice paddy {5}

57 stand {5}

58 mother {5}

59 dish {5}

60 sweet {5}

61 gigantic {5}

62 moreover {5}

63 tome {5}

64 concave {5}

65 convex {5}

66 bend {6}

67 garment {6}

68 sheep {6}

69 ear {6}

70 spirit {6}

71 boat {6}

72 rice {6}

73 feathers {6}

74 bamboo {6}

75 say {7}

76 Asia {7}

77 row {8}

78 gates {8}

79 un- {8}

80 do {9}