Memory phrase (Mnemonic) for: 要



need, necessity, essence, point, pivot


kaname, iru


Top: west 西 (Sunset under the horizon of the sun in the west), below: woman . (Here: 西 as a handbag with big handle)


A handbag is for a woman: a need.


西 west(The upper stroke can be seen as horizon. Below a variante of sun and two legs , which here stand for a downward motion: Belos the horizon sinks the sun (at sunset) in the west.)
woman(The stroke order is: "Ku-no-ichi" = く , which also stands for a female ninja. )
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要る いる to need
必要 ひつよう necessary, essential
主要 しゅよう main, principal, major
要する ようする to demand/to require/to take
要するに ようするに in a word, in short ..
要因 よういん primary factor, main cause
要旨 ようし gist, essentials, summary, fundamentals
要望 ようぼう demand for/request
要求 ようきゅう request,requisition, demand

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