10 strokes
Jouyou kanji
Taught in 5th grade
JLPT exam level N1

elementary, principle, naked, uncovered

  • origin ②base ③counter for blades of grass, tree trunks, etc., and for falcons (in falconry) ④handle (chopsticks, brush, etc.)
  • plain, white silk ②prime
  • one's nature ②plain ③mere ④exceedingly

Main Radical


Reading Commonality

もと 4.4%

Character Breakdown

elementary, principle, naked
ス ソ もと (5th, N1)
life (生) variant
いと シ (1st, N2)
short thread radical (no. 52)
ヨウ ちいさい (Kentei 1)
little, small
ショウ こ- ちい.さい (1st, N5)
feathered stick, barb radical (no. 6)
ケツ かぎ (Kentei 1)
eight, eight radical (no. 12)
ハチ や はっ (1st, N5)

Common Words

obedient ②honest
quick ②quick (understanding, judgment, etc.)
ingredient ②unprocessed timber ③subject matter
component ②element (e.g. in array)
one's nature ②plain ③mere ④exceedingly
face with no make-up ②true face (of a country, celebrity, etc.) ③sober face
birth ②identity ③provenance
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JIS X 0208 1-33-39
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