12 strokes
Jouyou kanji
Taught in 6th grade
JLPT exam level N1

genesis, wound, injury, hurt, start, originate

  • to make ②to prepare (food) ③to raise ④to till
  • to start ②to start up (a business, society, etc.) ③to start ...
  • wound ②chip ③flaw ④stain (on one's reputation)
  • けずしける
  • ソウ
  • ショウ
  • はじめ

Main Radical


Reading Commonality

ソウ 75.3%
つく 24.7%

Character Breakdown

genesis, wound, injury
ソウ つく.る ショウ (6th, N1)
godown, warehouse, storehouse
くら ソウ (4th, N1)
to assemble. to gather together
シュウ あつまる
ニン ひと ジン (1st, N5)
one, one radical (no.1)
イチ いっ ひと- (1st, N5)
door, house
corpse, remains, flag radical (no. 44)
シ かたしろ (Kentei 1)
くち コウ ク (1st, N4)
knife, standing sword radical (no. 18)

Common Words

creation ②Creation (by God)
creation of the world
creation ②fabrication
foundation (of a newspaper, magazine, etc.)
original idea
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