The Radical: 水

water    水

Explanation The radical mizu stands for water. It is commonly used in its short form .

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 5Joyo 1
mizu, SUI
The usage as a radical is: = drops of water
is similar to the sign of river , which also stands for water.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
oyogu, EI
Left: water , right: long time/lasting (The swimmer is in the water for: a long time)
In the water, a person can be for a long time (=above the water level ,) when swimming.
JLPT 3Joyo 2
line, (railway) track, wire
Left: thread , right: spring/fountain (= white water )
Like a thread flows the spring's water: in a line. (Or: The thread in white water is a [fishing] line.)
JLPT 3Joyo 3
kōri, HYŌ
Upper left: a drop , rest: water
A drop of water turns into ice.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
alike, such, polite suffix (Gentleman), condition
sama, zama,
Left: Tree , right: sheep and water
If you have trees, sheep and water you are a gentleman (or alike).
JLPT 3Joyo 3
green, verdure
midori, RYOKU, ROKU
Left: thread (here: plant fiber), right: extrude (= a pressing hand ヨ lets liquid drop out.)
When plant fibers are pressed the extruding liquid is green.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
ask for, request, want
motomeru, KYŪ
Top: cover (here: one and a drop ), below: water
(I'm dying of thirst) Just one drop of water, this is my: request!
JLPT 3Joyo 4
health, peace

Left: building 广, below: (hand ナ/ヨ holding a stick which stirs a liquid ) [cf. to catch ]
In a building a hand stirs a soup which is for the health.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
record, transcript
Left: metal , right: exude/squeeze (pressing hand ヨ makes liquid drop out, but here: embossing)
Metal can be pressed (or embossed), and thus is used for recordings.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
eternal, long time, permanent, lasting
nagai, EI
Top: head of a swimming person or an accent as emphasis, below: var. of water
I emphasise water has been here eternally. Or: This head is in the water already for a long time.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
expose, violence, outburst, rage
abareru/ku, BŌ, BAKU
From top: Sun , together with (Put the plants on the table together-) and water
The sun together with the water exposes the violence.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
spring, fountain
izumi, SEN
Top: white (The shine of the sun makes it white.), below: water
White water from the spring.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
calm, peace, quiet, tranquil
From top: three , person , water
Three persons in the water are somewhat calm & peaceful.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
tread on, step on, trample
Left: foot (kneecap and a footprint ), right: shoe 沓 [くつ] (water , sun )
(Do not step into a puddle) The foot [should watch] in watery days (=rainy weather) where to step/tread. [Or: The foot has a shoe for treading.]
JLPT 1Joyo 7
urine, pee
Left: buttock in side view, below: water
The buttock's water is urine.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
burst, explode, bomb
Left: fire , right: expose, violence (= sun [here: frying pan,skillet], together , water )
(You can not extinguish burning fat in a frying pan with water.) Fire leads in a frying pan together with water to an explosion.
JLPT -Joyo 7
gland [anat.]
Left: body part /, right: spring/fountain (It has white water )
This bodypart is a "spring": the glands.
JLPT -Joyo 7
wisteria (bot.)
From top: plant , imperial WE (A body out of the heaven : that is Us), water
The plant that is imperial and appears like flowing water: the wisteria.
JLPT -Joyo 7
uncover, peel off, strip off, come off, reveal
hagasu, HAKU
Left top: var. of mutual (intertwined threads on a spool), below: water , right: knife
Mutually, water or a knife can peel off sth. or reveal/uncover.
JLPT -Joyo 7
Learn this together with "lacquer/varnish" (うるし) = "From the water/sap of this tree the person makes drops of: lacquer "
(In former times they had wooden lacquered knee-protectors) The body part / with the lacquer are the: knee.

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