The Radical: 斤

axe    斤

Explanation Image of an axe, probably with the handle on the left.

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 4Joyo 2
near, close
chikai, KIN
Left: movement , right: axe
What an axe reaches with its movement is: near/close.
JLPT 5Joyo 2
atarashii, arata, SHIN
Left: to stand , tree , right: axe
Out of a standing tree, the axe makes something new.
JLPT 4Joyo 3
place, scene, address, spot
tokoro, SHO
Left: door (sliding door with an upper guidance rail), right axe
Next to the door there is (always) the axe, (exactly) in this place, which is its "address".
JLPT 3Joyo 4
break, fracture, opportunity, (to bend)
ori, oru, SETSU
Left: hand , right: axe
A hand with an axe has the opportunity to break or fracture.
JLPT 4Joyo 5
quality, nature of something
Top: two axes , bottom: shell/money
Axes cost lots of money for quality.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
refuse, judge, disconnect, decline, decision
kotowaru, tatsu, DAN
From left: corner ∟, rice , axe
To make corner-cut rice with an axe? - Refused!
JLPT 2Joyo 7
pray, wish, hope
inoru, KI
Left: altar, to show / (image of an altar with sth. on, that is shown), right: axe
At the altar with the axe we will pray.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
oka, KYŪ
Top: axe , bottom: bottom
An axe at the bottom of the hill.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
axe, measure of weight (approx.600g)

Pictograph of an axe ('weight' is a derived meaning)
JLPT 1Joyo 7
a short while, temporarily, briefly, a while
shibaraku, ZAN
Top: kill by slicing ([An accident] with a car or an axe can kill by slicing), below: sun/day
If you wanted to make a vehicle with an axe in only one day, this would be a short duration.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
gradually, little by little
yōyaku, ZEN
Left: water , right kill by slicing ([An accident] with a car or an axe can kill by slicing.)
(due to rust:) Water (damages) vehicles and axes: Gradually and little by little.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
craftsman, carpenter, artisan, master
Outside: box (or variant of: to work/build ), inside: axe
In the box is the axe of the craftsman.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
firewood, fagot
takigi, maki, SHIN
Top: plant , below: new (Out of a standing tree , the axe makes something new.)
Plants and standing trees are made by the axe into: firewood.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
die, death, deceased, departed
yuku, SEI
Left: movement , right: to break (A hand with an axe can make things break.)
If the movement breaks, you die.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
oath, pledge, swear, vow
chikau, SEI
Top: to break (A hand with an axe can make things break.), bottom: word
(The ritual of an ancient warrior tribe?) Put your hand on the axe and speak the words: This is my oath.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
repel, refuse, reject
shirizokeru, SEKI
Axe with emphasis . (cf. blade of the sword )
The emphasised axe will repel. ( ... also because the blade is at the opposite side)
JLPT 1Joyo 7
chop, divide, analyze, classify
Left: tree , right: axe
The tree is chopped with an axe for: an analysis.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
wisdom, philosophy
Top: to break (A hand with an axe can make things break.), below: mouth
Even broken, his mouth utters wisdom.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
accuse, sue, appeal
uttaeru, SO
Left: word , right: repel/refuse (With the axe an emphasised repelling.)
Use words to repell sth. in a accusation or court trial.
JLPT -Joyo 7
kill by slicing with a sword
kiru, ZAN
Left: vehicle (cart from above withas axis), right: axe
(An accident) with a car or an axe can slice and kill.

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