6 strokes
Jouyou kanji
Taught in 3rd grade
JLPT exam level N3

guard, protect, defend, obey

  • to protect ②to keep (i.e. a promise)
  • protection ②providence ③amulet
  • babysitting ②protecting
  • -もり
  • director (of the provincial governors under the ritsuryō system)
  • シュ

Main Radical


Reading Commonality

まもまも 70.9%
シュ 13.8%
もり-もり 8.1%
かみ 0.0%

Character Breakdown

guard, protect, defend
まも.る シュ もり (3rd, N3)
shaped crown, katakana u radical (no. 40)
ベン メン (Kentei 1)
dot, tick or dot radical (no. 3)
チュ (Kentei 1)
wa-shaped crown radical (no. 14)
ベキ (Kentei 1)
measurement, tenth of a shaku, a little
スン す みき (6th, N1)

Contained In

Common Words

to protect ②to keep (i.e. a promise)
absence ②house-sitting ③being left unattended to (of one's studies, etc.)
looking after a baby
protection ②providence ③amulet
sword for self-defense
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Unicode hex code 5B88
JIS X 0208 1-28-73
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Nishiguchi & Kono Kanji in Context 537
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Maniette, Y. Les Kanjis dans la tete 189
Tuttle Dictionary Descriptor Code 3m3.2
Four corner code 3034.2
De Roo Code 748