The Radical: 方

direction    方


Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 4Joyo 2
direction, side, way, person
Top: cover , below: a sword
The cover covers the sword to all directions. (Or: Only one out of ten thousand knows the direction.)
JLPT 4Joyo 3
family, clan, race
Left: side, direction , right: lying person and arrow - Better right: Two lying persons and big
It develops in one direction, if the two lying persons [= the parents] (breed) something big, namely: into a family.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
release, let go, send out, liberate
Left: side , right: beat (hand with a stick )
His side is beaten to make him release and then let him go.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
play, amuse, relax
asobu, YŪ, YU
From left: Movement , direction , lying person and a child
In (various) directions you can lie and be a child when moving, while: playing!
JLPT 4Joyo 3
journey, trip, travel
tabi, RYO
Left: square/direction , right: originally two persons assembling under a banner - (alternatively: see it as a variation of clothes ?)
Arranged in one direction the people are under the banner ready for the journey.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
flag, banner
hata, KI
Left: Side/direction: , right: lying person (here: waving banner in the wind) and a grain scoop =shovel that was used to separate the grain from the husk
In one direction blows the banner at the end of the grain scoop: Our flag!
JLPT 3Joyo 4
achieve, become (into), make, consist
naru, SEI, JŌ
Left: part of direction , right: a halberd
In this direction the halberds will achieve it.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
protect, prevent, guard against, mole, dike
Left: hill , right: side, direction
A hill along a direction is: a dam (dike), that protects you.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
visit, to call on, inquire
otozureru, tazuneru,
Left: word (sound waves out of a mouth ), right: direction/side
Words into your direction shall: "visit" you.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
violent, intense, vehement, ardent
hageshii, GEKI
Left: water , middle top: white , below + right: let go/release (In his side he was striked to release.)
(During a storm at sea:) When the water is white (= has white foam crests) at all sides/directions and is striking , it becomes violent.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
charity, donate, bestow, alms
hodokosu, SHI, SE
Left: direction , right: lying person and a placeholder for a change (image of a snake that molts [=shedding the skin])
Only in one direction can be a change for the lying person: by charity and alms.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
rotate, turn, revolve, gyrate
Left: side, direction , right: horizontal person , var. of correct . (When sleeping, one must occasionally turn to the other side to avoid pressure & bed sores & circulation problems.)
The side of the lying person is fine/correct, but he must turn.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
spread out, cover, lay
shiku, FU
Left: to begin (The hand takes the tool to use , when beginning sth.), rest: release (In his side he was striked and he released.)
You shall begin to release, if it shall spread out.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
fragrance, pleasant-smell, perfume
Top: plant, grass , below: side
Plants (spread it) to the sides: Fragrance.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
copy, imitate, emulate, follow
Left: person , right: let go (In his side he was hit to release.)
(A golfer's trick:) The person has a sideways shot and that is copied.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
boy, son, buddhist priest, bonze

Left: earth , right: side, direction
(When begging:) On the earth sits at a side: a boy (or a monk).
JLPT 1Joyo 7
obstruct, disturb, hamper, prevent
Left: woman , right: side
A woman at my side would be obstructing???
JLPT 1Joyo 7
room, wife, bunch, tassel
Top: door , below: side (in contrast to the main entrance with double swing-doors )
The door at the side leads into: a room.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
obese, fat

Left: body part /, right: side
The body is at its sides: too fat.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
spin (yarn)
Left: thread (i.e. of the wool), right: direction
Bring the thread in a common direction, when: spinning.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
bystander, side, besides, vicinity, third person
Left: person , right: var.of emperor , below: side
The person at the emperor's side is a bystander.

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