Kanji Etymology 日本語の漢字語源・由来- the origin of Chinese characters in the Japanese language

or click one of the regular use kanji below.

Kanji ordered by school grade level, number of strokes and frequency, and colour coded based on JLPT level: N5, N4, N3, N2 and N1 or higher.

Etymology information and research from Etymological Dictionary of Han/Chinese Characters (PDF) by Lawrence J. Howell with research collaborator Hikaru Morimoto. Website, database and design by Brad Warden.