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This page contains mnemonics for the kanji taught in the first six years of school in Japan (i.e. 1,006 kanji), as developed by Professor Kenneth Henshall. They have been extracted from his book: "A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters" (Tuttle, 1995). The book covers all 1,945 general-use kanji.

This page has been prepared by William Clausing and Jim Breen with the kind permission of Professor Henshall and Tuttle Publishing. The material on this page is copyright and must not be reproduced elsewhere in any form without the permission of Tuttle Publishing.

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one finger
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right hand to the mouth
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rain from heavenly clouds
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round coins from bank-teller's window
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king with ax rules heaven, earth and man
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sound of rising sun
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t-bar with droopy lower handle
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flames of fire
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flowers appear when plants undergo change
10
child learning under ornate roof
11
spirit-like vapors from source x
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less than perfect ten: worth only nine
13
person rests against tree
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two gold nuggets under cover of earth
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work to open hole in roof to see empty sky
16
pitted crescent moon shining down
17
big spotted dog rearing up
18
bending down to look closely with seeing eye
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a reel is better than five fingers
20
open mouth

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校 21 左 22 三 23 山 24 子 25 四 26 糸 27 字
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check six wooden crosses for school
left hand steadies carpenter's square
three fingers
triple-peaked mountain
long-armed child in swaddling clothes
four fingers in clenched fist
skeins of twisted thread
child at home studying letters
pointed ear
badly written ten again: now worth only seven
chariot with two wheels
hand with fingers spread
all points considered, ten out of ten
mountain emerging atop another
kneeling woman
a stroke divided into two small ones
bar with handle, sticking up over baseline
there are many trees in the woods
headless, armless person
water squeezes between banks
to stop at the line is to do the correct thing
growing plant is a symbol of life
young blue-green plants live on the moon
clear moon indicates evening
round stone at base of cliff
big fire makes earth glow red
that one person is worth a thousand others
river flowing between banks

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49 早 50 足 51 村 52 大 53 男 54 中 55 虫 56
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those dead people preceded us in life
sun shows ten but it's still early
round knee and foot suffice to show leg
measure trees in village
person looking big as possible
man provides strength in field
Chinese arrow pierces middle of target
coiled hooded snake: similar inside to insect
town at t-junction of paths through fields
person's head is closest part to heaven
rice field crossed by paths
plant grows in earth
two fingers
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sun with spot
enter through inverted v opening
person visits well every year
sunstroke leaves one white?!
eight can be easily divided
score one hundred with one white thumbnail
cross is basic form of writing: try to top it
tree with sweeping branches
tree with one central root
mouth calls name at night
72
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upright eye
person standing
hand pressing down with strength
forest contains tall stately trees
eight topped by six?!

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77 雲 78 遠 79 何 80 科 81 夏 82 家 83 歌 84
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bow with string waiting to be drawn
billowing rain-clouds look like two noses
loose clothes for traveling any distance
what exactly can a person say?
course to categorize rice measures
masked head and crossed legs in summer dance
house looking like pig-sty
gaping mouth sings the can-can
field in picture partitioned by strokes
coaxial rotation
two noses meet under roof
every drop of water goes into sea
threads meet in embroidered picture
shellfish with protruding feelers
crescent moon with crack on outside
gate with space to let sun shine through
only three hairs stand on head: glum face
steam comprises watery vapors
wordy account of oneself
return with wife carrying broom and sword
cow with ears and broken horn
fish with fiery tail
stone lantern at emperor's palace in capital
strong insect draws bow with its nose
cane in hand teaches child stick arranging
string of jewels fit for king
distance to move chopped, making it near
put hairs into pattern of well-frame

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105 元 106 原 107 戸 108 古 109 午 110 後 111 語 112
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counting in tens is a way of measuring
two persons of same origin
originally cliff with funny spring, now a plain
one door forms half a gate
an old story, told at least ten times
noon strikes, knocking top bit off cow
sit crosslegged on threading road, fall behind
five mouths speak many words
work with carpenter's square
spacious building with elbow-room
mix six crosses
person carries fire that shines light
bent old man considers burial in earth
column goes along to crossroads
tall watchtower
arrow burns yellow with grass from field
cap fits mouth
valley is doubly split opening
one's country is an enclosed jewel
ground in burnt field is black
cover the corner, right now
funny dam built by talented one-year-old
person with saw about to make something
count by using bamboo abacus with both hands
footprints stop above line
go to city market to buy cloth top hat
always thinking of one's field in one's heart
pound threads with spoon to make paper

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133 temple has measured grounds 自 134 時 135 室 136 社 137 弱 138
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temple has measured grounds
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nose is just a stroke from eye, symbolising self
tell time by sun on temple
arrive at roofed room
altar ground is shrine
weak hairs bend like bows
chief has hair on head
rice plants can get burned in autumn
three people enjoy spring sun
take brush in hand daily and write
small with just a little extra
place where sun shines down on ground
colorful tale about bodies bent in sex act
covered food good for eating
heart shows stroke damage
stand of trees newly cut down by sharp ax
parent sees all from stand of trees
diagram with spot marked by x and two pointers
woman counts number of rice grains by hand
sun falls in west like drop from wine press
voice of samurai at door
stars born from sun
sun against blue means clear weather
seven sword cuts
rain that hand sweeps away is snow
boat with eight portholes is ship
before cutting meat cut horns
furthermore, threads can be assembled in group

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161 草 162 多 163 太 164 体 165 台 166 地 167 池 168
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foot running along ground
grass is early plant
many evenings
fat is a bit more than just big
root of a person is the body
I mount stand to say something
land with odd twisting creatures on ground
waters of pond contain twisting creatures
know arrow hole
two bamboo stems
ample tea plants
measure in feet noon sun over horizon
long haired old man with stick is very senior
bird with wings and talons
morning sun rises on plants, displacing moon
bent figure uses extra movement to pass
young brothers put in order as binding on stake
store occupies building
mark left after occupation by fire
lightning strikes field in electric rain storm
broad-bladed sword
sitting crosslegged on winter ice
small hand appropriately hits mark
sun rising through trees in east
bamboo gives fitting answer
head is a bean-like vessel
all hoops have same single opening
head moves, showing way along road

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189 南 190 馬 191 売 192 買 193 麦 194 半 195 番 196
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sell words to read
get a hoop for ten yen down south
rearing horse
samurai stands behind counter selling
net full of shell-money can buy a lot
sitting crosslegged watching wheat plant grow
half a hornless cow, split down middle
rice sown in fields by number, in turns
father has cane in hand
insect blown against sail by wind
understand one divides by splitting with sword
ear listening at gate hears a lot
grain-laden ear of American rice
few feet walk nowadays
mother is woman with prominent nipples
both boat and plow can point the way
people flee, turning their backs on the north
every person has a mother
younger sister is immature woman
bright sun and moon give clarity
bird's mouth produces non-human cry
tuft of hair
double-doored gate
at night, person puts on top hat to view moon
village already built on wild moor
hands reaching out in friendship
use fence
sun wings its way like a bird, and so day passes

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217 楽 218 里 219 理 220 話 221 悪 222 安 223 暗 224
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wheat comes to be ten grains of rice?!
tasseled drum on stand makes pleasing music
ground tilled into fields, indicating village
keeping jewels in village is reasonable
tongue controls words when talking
sub-human, ugly, twisted feelings are bad
woman at home, resting at ease
sun goes dark, accompanied by sound
doctor's bag contains arrow, used for healing
a thought is a sound from the heart
educate child upside-down like piece of meat
official members always talk of money
institute complete with surrounding hills
lack food, so swallow drink
army on move needs luck and transport
long swim in water
laden person mounts horse at relay station
spacious park encloses considerable distance
yellow piece of wood laid on its side
arrive and find corpse in store building
sun warms water in a bowl
bewitched person changes and falls
what a burden the lotus plant can be!
boundary between fields marks areas
hands remove bar and open gate
all the steps of a terraced hill
angular horn
wet tongue is sign of life

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245 感 246 館 247 岸 248 岩 249 起 250 期 251 客 252
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building's six wells ice over in cold
one halberd in mouth causes feeling in heart
official eats in hall
mountainous cliff forms dry shore
stony mountain shows rocky crags
cause oneself to run
expect period of months between winnowings
each house guest sits crosslegged, open mouthed
extreme investigation of nine holes
hurrying person suddenly bends, hand to heart
reach out and grade threads
palace is building with joined rooms
seek spherical jewel
nose to ground suggests one's gone too far
tall arched wooden structure is bridge
study complex wooden instrument as profession
field has many bending paths
office corpse uses odd phrase in circumstances
stop and stare at silvery metal
old plant leaves bitter taste
keep an eye on table: it's valuable equipment
lord holds stick next to mouth
elder brother is all mouth and legs
person involved with joining threads
light vehicle pushed along ground by hand
vessel contains blood
person decides to carry water-pack on back
hone stone with two forked sticks

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273 言 274 庫 275 湖 276 公 277 向 278 幸 279 港 280
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使
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keep an eye on stand at prefectural show
mouth speaks three and a bit words
storehouse is building containing vehicles
old moon seen in waters of lake
eight lords show nose in public
house window faces one
extra sharp stroke brings happiness
find oneself together with water in port
mouth calls number of twisting weed
stop and stare at tree root
hand puts meat on altar in festival of worship
slender path threads through field
samurai is person who works and serves
person falls in death, soon bare bones
official person uses servant
first woman begins to mount platform
person sits pointing at sun with finger
teeth ensure rice stops in mouth
words from temple are pure poetry
lack of ice follows next
handling ten boxes is no small thing
hold hands at temple
carpenter's square is a form of stake
in reality, a big six-armed man is in the house!
convey copy of building
person will be buried in ground one day
king with bit extra is real master
take measures to protect house

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301 酒 302 受 303 州 304 拾 305 終 306 習 307 週 308
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hand takes control of ear
watery alcohol in wine jar
one hand receives baton from another hand
sandbank in river is separate province
joined hands can gather or count to ten
threads finish in winter
white wings learning to fly
another week rolls around
birds gather in tree
where person lives is where he is master
heavy vehicle has double wheels
chop down door with ax to get into place
person under hot sun
furthermore, help by adding strength
summon, and let there be light
water has vanished from our little moon
use mouth and legs to trade, standing at counter
badge quickly stands out
with effort, two fires can surpass moon
two come riding
straight tree is properly planted
sun is pierced: what can one say?
pregnant woman has conspicuous body
gods say something spirited at altar
find deep waterhole near tree
advance like moving bird
odd world of the thirties' generation
force correct arrangement of bundles

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329 全 330 送 331 息 332 族 333 他 334 打 335 対 336
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trace thread-like line to source
king completely under cover
sent away from heaven
heart breathes through nose
person with arrow in side is one of the clan
other person is like twisting creature
hand hits nail
measure opposition to text
wait at temple beside road
person replaced by stake
bamboo tops young brother in order of things
get subject heading correct on the day
fiery material from mountain cliff is coal
both arrow and food vessel are short
sheep arrives wearing eye-liner!
master pours water
master wooden pillar
block is exact to a t
long cloth drape used as register
investigate by talking around
ten eyes fixed directly on corner
pursue moving buttocks
fix roof correctly
palace courtyard is fine garden
lost metal proves to be iron
vehicle rolls over two noses
metropolis is village of many persons
hand measures twenty-one degrees in building

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357 島 358 湯 359 登 360 等 361 動 362 童 363 内 364
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hand strikes by throwing ax
bird alights on mountainous island
rising sun heats water
two funny feet climb food vessel
bamboo tablets at temple are all equal
strength moves heavy object
child stands in village
person tries to get inside hoop
inside person there is meat
farming unearths bent clam shell
waves form skin of water
distribute wine to oneself
burned field is a dry field
discharged with two bent legs and funny feet
cliff opposes hand
slope is opposed ground
opposed to wooden boards
opposed to skinning with one stroke
broken heart does not want to be sad
beautiful big sheep
own nose follows trail through twenty fields
ice is frozen water
shown long-looking list
little rice, eaten in a mere second
third-rate health leads to illness
quality goods come in boxes
defeated person flees bearing money
clan stands open mouthed in part of village

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385 福 386 物 387 平 388 返 389 勉 390 放 391 万 392
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servile hand puts clothes on hoist under moon
altar at single entrance to field--good fortune
cow is a thing with four legs
balanced scales are flat and even
reverse movement and return
strive to avoid effort?!
striking in all directions is a form of release
ten thousand march in wrong direction
taste lingers unfinished in the mouth
life can hinge on a spoken order
mask encloses funny face with big eye
mouth asking at gate
move off with weapon in hand to do one's duty
medicinal plant gives pleasure
there's a reason for derrick in field
liquid from field with derrick is oil
have meat in your hand
children play at moving person's side
I've already pushed the shuttle
ocean of white sheep, not white horses
leaves are generation of plants on tree
side of hill is positively sunny
sheep appears to water tree--awkward situation
from each plant, leaf falls like drop of water
hair and water flow as child is born
put odd clothes on one side for journey
scales weigh both parts of a pair
watery green liquid oozes in thread-like strands

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413 列 414 路 415 和 416 愛 417 案 418 以 419 衣 420
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praying at altar is act of propriety
cut up bones lined up in a row
each foot follows same route
rice softened in the mouth in peaceful Japan
sit crosslegged, hand on heart, in love
consider plan around restful wooden table
person uses plow as starting point
collar and sleeves symbolize clothing
person stands according to rank
enclosure surrounds well
entrust rice plants to woman
fleshy stomach seen in field
hand presses down on person as on seal
England has superior plants in its center
tree flourishes gloriously under ornate cover
person throws salty dish from mouth to ground
big opening in center
person with hundred million thoughts
strengthened by added mouth
change goods for money and vice-versa
section of lesson contains fruitful words
plant with fang-like shoots
force oneself to reform
wooden device for admonishing
covering live mouth can cause harm
each person sits crosslegged and open mouthed
remember to be awake when learning by looking
completely original building

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441 漢 442 管 443 関 444 観 445 願 446 希 447 季 448
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government official in building sits on backside
man from mouth of Han River in grassy Han China
bamboo pipe under control
heaven's gates are impassable barrier: sent away
look and observe crested bird
wish springs from head not heart
interwoven cloth threads desirable but rare
rice plants in season grow like young children
chronicle of self threads from beginning to end
food pot at mouth makes samurai happy
person at side of winnowing device holds flag
four big box-like vessels are useful utensils
on how many occasions is wooden loom used?
discussion involves righteous use of words
cross water to seek spotted fur coat
rescue by coercive request
supply joined threads
raise laden table by hand: some act!
fishing requires both fish and water
plant and table go together
thirteen strong arms cooperating
shout aloud at bent legs in metal mirror
two elder brothers compete in stand-off
person pushed into opening between wooden poles
enclosed section x is a ward
covered wagons encircle army camp
village belongs to lord of county district
model punishment for earthy types

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469 芸 470 欠 471 結 472 建 473 健 474 験 475 固 476
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sunny capital is a bright scene
two nosey people examine art of planting
person with gaping mouth lacks dignity
bind samurai's mouth with thread
hand holds pen erect
healthy person stands erect
elder brother examines horse cover
solid old enclosure
meritorious service entails effortful work
person points to weather signs with arrow
desktop boat voyage
hand pounds healthy bran flakes in building
proclaim with bull-like roar from mouth
sheep on left is different
hand plucks vegetables near tree
take most sun when it's at its highest point
lots of timber in dam of felled trees
past made up of yesterday and other days
""buttock cloth"" has finely cut print
kill by striking with wooden cross
surmise why one worships under roof
go to get big nose with three hairs attended to
live birth standing on cliff
hand strikes meat, scattering twenty-one pieces
two cruel halberds leave only bare bone
samurai stands erect
Mr. Hill borrows family ladle
hand of man central to history

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497 姉 498 試 499 辞 500 失 501 借 502 種 503 周 504
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one official administers corner entrance
elder sister works in city
test forms of words
decline with words from sharp tongue
man about to lose baton
person who has borrowed in the past
kind of rice plant heavy with seed
earth around mouth of hoop
hundred people lodging in one house
compliant heads in sequence like flowing river
clothes must first be cut
preacher's mouth recites for two days
roast thirty-one legs on fire
illuminate by bright light of fire
moreover, shells are prizes
retainer keeps watchful eye out
person's word is believed and trusted
it's true that equipment is in ten pieces
become exact after trimming with halberd blade
few eyes examine ministry: an omission
blue water is pure and clean
strong power forces up round earthen mounds
conflict quieted by sight of calming green
building with twenty-one cloth seats
take blame for pile-up of rice plants
hand-ax can break or bend
bamboo has joints, namely sections
elder brother disperses words, preaching away

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525 戦 526 選 527 然 528 争 529 相 530 倉 531 想 532
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water shallow: depth of two halberds
fight war with simple halberd
choose to move together like twisting threads
duly eat roast dog meat, but
vie with bent old man, stick in hand
ministers eye each other from trees
warehouse has cover and doored entrance
thoughts can be mutual feelings
elephant resembles pig with big ears and trunk
manage fast movement
be at side of model person
continue to sell threads
ten soldier-men in top hats
descendants are children in thread-like lineage
find cloth belt in mountain zone
unit of pig-like soldiers on hill
sheep move on ground to attain goal
simple unit of ten fields
conversation of fiery words
govern from a watery platform
put net directly in path
stored wealth fits exactly under roof
fleshy intestines exposed to rising sun
person scoops low, down to baseline
scoop out base of building
person stops at inn
white ladle makes good target
bend six rules

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553 徒 554 努 555 灯 556 堂 557 働 558 毒 559 熱 560
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two people nose to nose conveying something
follower runs futilely along road
try with slave-like effort
lamp's flame is exact
furthermore, hall is on raised ground
working people on the move
mother lives on, despite poison
earthen mounds round fire become hot
have thoughts in heart even now
shell ""defeated"" by striking hand
person stands open mouthed with double
gain ten exclusive points by extensive gambling
opposed to eating cooked rice
two long beaked cranes fly through tall reeds
unwind and spend money
lance through heart is necessarily bent
take bamboo writing brush in hand
vote shows west is best
tree is a signpost showing west
put down once, then thrice, for emphatic ""not so""
big man with pin through head is good husband
hand attaches measure to person
large building attached to government center
deputy cut down at single entrance to field
minutely divided rice becomes powder
soldier puts ax on table
two cuts to the mouth mean split lip
movement cuts through boundary

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581 便 582 包 583 法 584 望 585 牧 586 末 587 満 588
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change to a sort of red as one sits crosslegged
change of mail man leads to convenient service
serpent-like embryo enveloped in womb
constrained by law to leave water
king gazes at moon, wishing for death
hand with stick makes cow go into pasture
tip of tree
both grass and water can be filling
veins are tributaries of the body
populace is more substantial than clan
knotted thread reminds of promise about ladle
old man bent with age but still brave
every western has vital need for woman in it
rear sheep for food
valley water is good for bathing
effective sharp tool cuts rice for profit
hills and earthen mounds indicate land
take lid off food--looks good
measure of rice has fixed charge
village gets measured quantity, for one day
vehicle has aligned and capped wheels
variety of rice with big head
kneeling person ordered to don cap
ice rules in freezing cold
people in line show example of precedent
history stops with indoor rice plants?!
accompanied by row of moving vehicles
refined threads from the east

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609 労 610 録 611 圧 612 移 613 因 614 永 615 営 616
609
610
611
612
613
614
615
616
617
618
619
620
621
622
623
624
625
626
627
628
629
630
631
632
633
634
635
636
old man falls, ready for burying in ground
labor with effort under ornate roof
record on green metal
roof under pressure from earth
transfer many rice plants
enclosed man has cause to depend on others
water looks icy for a long time
ornately roofed barracks with joined rooms
opening to go on guard for almost five years
sun bounces easily off lizard's changing legs
make profit on eight sets of tableware
need for liquid, even water at night
perform in building by yellow river
react with feeling to building
master goes off
feelings are cause of kind favor
person opposed to even temporary falsehood
person from west has price on head
tree, like field, produces fruitful results
water can form river
excessive movement makes backbone pass mouth!
congratulations on adding to one's money
no water, but decidedly cheerful feelings
solve problem by cutting off cow's horn
each tree sets a standard
ascertain that bird under roof is a roc
visitor's forehead looks like plaque
publish book on how to keep sword dry

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637 慣 638 眼 640 基 641 寄 642 規 643 技 644 義 645
637
638
640
641
642
643
644
645
646
647
648
649
650
651
652
653
654
655
656
657
658
659
660
661
662
663
664
665
person dries trunk as sun rises through grass
become used to having heart pierced
stop and stare with wide eyes
winnowing device based on firm ground
draw near to strange house
adult male looked upon as standard
support from skilled hands facilitates craft
I am like a sheep, full of righteousness
big upside-down man moves in reverse
stooping person propped up for a long time
only one day old, but old nonetheless
old person sitting slumped is at home
permit speech at noon
stand on sunny ground, legs astride boundary
same hands raised at table--how interesting
level ground with one ladle?!
altar in forbidden forest
mouth wraps itself around phrase
words flow like river in lesson
lord of sheep flock
guiding hand passes threads to ground
master cuts threads, washes clean in water
person leading away cow is a serious matter
start two fires with cut up tickets
elder brother dons cap to climb steep hill
elder brother investigates wooden cover
silk threads from round fleshy worm
stop and stare from hill, having reached limits

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666 減 667 故 668 個 669 護 670 効 671 厚 672 耕 673
666
667
668
669
670
671
672
673
674
675
676
677
678
679
680
681
682
683
684
685
686
687
688
689
690
691
692
693
see jewel that now appears
decreased water brings on heartless feeling
old stick in hand a thing of the past
that individual is a hard person
wordily defend hand seizing bird in grass
exchange of strength proves most effective
kind but ""thick"" child plays daily by cliff
till around well and many branched tree
extensive metal ore
do you mind if it's built with wooden baskets?
lecture built with ""baskets"" of words
compare sun and water--a confusing mix
furthermore, wood should be investigated
add one basket again
fire and flooding river are potential calamities
wife holds broom in hand
gather fruit from tree with two hands
festival at edge of hill is quite an occasion
funny dam is located near countryside dwelling
dam full of money means great wealth
not a network, but still criminal
nine miscellaneous birds gathered in tree
silkworm is a heavenly insect
alcohol has lingering bitter acid taste
two males praised and given money
hand supports cross-shaped branch
warrior's heart shows will
model teacher has one bit of cloth over buttocks

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694 示 695 似 696 児 697 識 698 質 699 舎 700 謝 701
694
695
696
697
698
699
700
701
702
703
704
705
706
707
708
709
710
711
712
713
715
716
717
718
719
720
721
722
next sum of money provides capital
drops from altar sacrifice show will of gods
starting point for person is to resemble one
old person is really a child
have knowledge of a word sounding like lance
two axes chop pawned shell to ascertain quality
quarters with roof and entrance below ground
words of apology and thanks as one shoots off
teacher's hand confers receipt
hand obtains pitchfork from supply store
person practices to master striking with brush
mass of odd people under watchful eye with lash
elder brother celebrates at altar
state how one moved around funny tree
go around funny tree with certain technique
ten birds on water, all at same level
building already beginning to show order
surplus hills must be removed
invite by summoning with hand
hear about a bristly water-baby
correct words are proof
item about sitting crosslegged in tree
dog eats bar of ice, now in bad condition
furthermore, the usual cloth, as always
heart made blue with feeling of pity
weave threads with noise like a lance
job as lancer leaves noise in ears
tree cut in shape of cow shows system of sorts

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723 政 724 精 725 製 726 税 727 責 728 績 729 接 730
723
724
725
726
727
728
729
730
731
732
733
734
735
736
737
738
739
740
741
742
743
744
745
退
746
747
748
749
750
one's nature is the heart one is born with
government forces correctness
refined green rice fills one with spirit
system for manufacturing clothing
elder brother gives away rice-tax
growing money debts mean growing liability
blame threads for poor achievements in spinning
join hands with woman standing alone
build with words, despite hammer in hand
tongue shows dry mouth
sever colorful threads
two gold halberds reduced to mere coin
sheep has one small but good mouth
furthermore, at altar one worships ancestors
raw threads are bare and basic elements
thread runs through public feeling
proclaim that one has made a move
image of elephant man
build up earth in field over eight days
rules regarding the cutting of money
measure water with fathom-rule
insect with buttocks, legs, and head belongs to which genus?
member has hand missing--serious loss
stop and stare, then move back in retreat
loan is replacement money
have appearance of able heart
measured circle produces well rounded group
decisively decline rice cut with ax in corner

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751 張 752 提 753 程 754 適 755 敵 756 統 757 銅 758
751
752
753
754
755
756
757
758
759
760
761
762
763
764
765
766
767
768
769
770
771
772
773
774
775
776
777
778
mediocre work with wood and bamboo in building
draw longbow to full stretch
hold properly in hand
to an extent, rice ends up in king's mouth
move in manner befitting old emperor
old emperor strikes suitably matched enemy
supervise lineage full of threads
copper is same metal as red metal
measured guiding hand leads along way
special bull sent to temple
measure potential gains in movement over one day
move that virtuous heart is worth ten eyes
insect-ridden German Shepherd dog is left alone
entrust jewels to person on duty
dog meat duly burns with extra fire
fleshy bear with claws and nose can perform Noh
skin a rock!? must mean break it
dog commits crime of assaulting prone person
cut in half--a judgment with Solomon's seal
opposed wooden board makes print
compare two persons sitting side by side
fleshy bending body has been fattened
wings unfold--not a fault
person equipped with grass uses it for roof
listed persons receive sacks
even words are fair comment
money divided, so now poor
hand works on spread of cloth threads

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779 富 780 武 781 復 782 複 783 仏 784 編 785 弁 786
779
780
781
782
783
784
785
786
787
788
789
790
791
貿
792
793
794
795
796
797
綿
798
799
800
801
802
803
804
805
806
woman holding broom may be wife
house at single entrance to field grows wealthy
warrior advances on foot with halberd
person goes repeatedly to sit crosslegged in sun
person crosslegged in sun with double clothing!
Buddha has prominent nose
books bound with thread left at editor's door
speech about twenty noses!?
person preserved in wooden box
sun shines on big, grass covered, earthen grave
by good fortune, seize person, report for reward
food vessel bends under weight of rich content
defensive hill to one side prevents attack
exchange bent sword for money in trade deal
exposed to violent sun together with insufficient water
growth of immature tree not yet finished
lance forces effort in performing duty
wheatsheaf burned, now none left
rice is moved and lost--how perplexing
many white threads of cotton make cotton wool
transport cut meat under cover in vehicle
eight excessively dry beams under ample roof
already faced with having to look after deposits
roofed valley looks able to contain a lot
ten bits of thread command top rate
abbreviated outline of each field
stop in field to fasten on bent sword
head rules, controlling possessed territory

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807 遺 808 域 809 宇 811 羽 812 映 813 延 814 沿 815
807
808
809
811
812
813
814
沿
815
816
817
818
819
820
821
822
823
824
825
826
827
829
830
831
832
833
834
835
836
together again in different field--how strange
move on and leave behind something precious
lance in ground at sole entrance--off limit area
child lies stiff under roof, set to go to heaven
feathered wings
center of sun shines brightly
drag feet in extended movement
go alongside of water, through eight openings
say exactly what can should be approved
I have a tasseled halberd, a symbol of me myself
hillside ablaze--reduced to ashes
road-town is just crossroads of raised earth
spread hands wide
get leather from middle of ten horned creatures
each gate leads to cabinet
sword harms by dividing
red tree stump provides firm stock
flattened forked pole for drying washing
light two fires by oneself with rolled volumes
put hand above eye to watch better
space left on brief and simple bamboo letter
nine rounded off with extra stroke
crouch on edge of dangerous cliff--mate fallen
use wooden table for desk
army hand wields command
one precious shell in middle of collection
two people felled by one arrow? doubt if correct
stringless bow

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837 泣 838 供 839 胸 840 郷 841 勤 842 筋 843 系 844
837
838
839
840
841
842
843
844
845
846
847
848
849
851
852
853
854
855
856
857
858
859
860
861
862
863
864
865
if it reaches mouth, then suck it in
person stands weeping watery tears
attendant offers togetherness to person
flesh encircling scarred ""container"" is the chest
odd stringy food served in village
work with effort to grow plants from seed-box
bamboo has strong fleshy sinews
lineage composed of twisted connected threads
direct path entails moving with hands on ground
force person to use respectful phrases of plants
warn with respectful words
tiger attacks pig with sword?!--what drama!
take cover away and expose hole
crested bird had right to balance in tree
constitutional law covers all one sees and feels in life
water source is in original spring on plain
daringly ornate building is strictly solemn!
I myself follow the thread--what about you?
odd hand by mouth stops breathing or calling
mistaken words given
empress comes behind, cutting opening with ax
woman likes child--what a fine thing
filial piety is child caring for earthy old man
emperor is white king
work with crimson threads
descend hill and sit crosslegged by well
metal in hills proves to be steel
mince threads by cutting tops off

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866 骨 867 困 868 砂 869 座 870 済 871 裁 872 策 873
866
867
868
869
870
871
872
873
874
875
876
姿
877
878
879
880
881
882
883
884
886
888
889
890
891
892
893
894
895
samurai beats rice under cover to make cereals
flesh covered bones
tree in difficulty, trapped in box
sand comprises little stones
persons sit on ground under roof at gathering
text about odd moon seen in settled water
judge decides to cut cloth with fancy halberd
plan to fix droopy tree branches with bamboo
stacked bound tablets resemble volumes of books
nose flat to ground as one reaches one's peak
rice is private and belongs to me myself
next woman has a good figure
look and see what's on show
parts of speech are official words
samurai's heartfelt words recorded in journal
rock has invisible magnetic threads
hand shoots measured arrow into body
find abandoned hand in one's quarters!
measure prop for foot of topless door
plants on right are young
samurai's hand stands food pot next to tree
building with altar is main center of religion
take up issue of crippled dogs in capital
follow eight roads correctly
threads to follow are the vertical ones
reduced to threadbare lodgings
mature child puts round lid over mouth of fire pit
pure threads look like hair

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896 署 897 諸 898 将 899 笑 900 傷 901 障 902 城 903
896
897
898
899
900
901
902
903
904
905
906
907
908
909
911
912
913
914
915
916
917
918
919
920
921
922
923
924
sit crosslegged on stool to deal with situation
person netted, signs up for government office
person's words are many and various
commander's hand about to reach for bar of ice
big person bent over like bamboo, laughing
wounded persons left exposed to rising sun
get badge for overcoming hindering hill
castle consists of earthen ramparts
grass covered waterbaby steams on fiery hotplate
ten metal needles
two people show benevolent relationship
look like riding hanging down to ground!
push bird ahead with hand
pulse measured as one inch from hand
saintly king's earhole is sacred
words become sincere
state that roof will be finished in two days
exclusive possession of ten measured fields
spring produces white water
wash tip in water
soak nine shrubs in water to make dye
two big men play heavenly music
nose makes hole in window, left feeling down
for a start, put sword in warehouse
layers of corpses build up in field over eight days
three wooden boxes take some handling
store and guard halberds under grassy cliff
entrails are harbored in body

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926 尊 927 宅 928 担 929 探 930 段 931 暖 932 値 933
926
927
928
929
930
931
932
933
934
935
936
937
938
939
940
941
942
943
944
945
946
947
948
949
951
952
953
954
child knows of existence of funny dam
pour out measure of wine for esteemed guest
seven roomed house with roof on top
carry burden in hand for one whole day
hand probes hole in tree
cut steps by striking cliff
three hands warming in the sun
person has fixed price
person in middle makes for good relationship
reason for space under roof is to let in sky
loyalty and devotion at center of one's heart
person writes notable book about plants
government office is building of exactitude
two cracked turtle shells show trillion signs
receive nail exactly through top of head
seawater rises with morning tide
entrust with wages money
pain passes through sick body
slumped figure in shorts spread out on grass
attack and defeat with measured words
elder brother's faction meets under fancy roof
rice from Tang China looks like sugar
deliver corpse and report reason
bird in trouble in waterless Han China
child reaches for breast swollen with milk
words of appreciation as blade reaches heart!?
store obtained threads inside, ready to resupply
body's brain-box marked by cross and hairs

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955 拝 956 背 957 肺 958 俳 959 班 960 晩 961 否 962
955
956
957
958
959
960
961
962
963
964
965
966
967
968
969
970
971
972
973
974
975
976
977
978
979
980
981
982
faction is like tributary relative to river
hand offers eight-leaved plant in worship
turn back defiantly on meat from the north
bodies in cities have bad lungs
non-person is an amusing actor
squad receives a cut of the jewels
sun escapes every evening
deny, saying not so
criticism can involve an handy comparison
rice plant necessarily kept secret
person sits crosslegged, fleshy belly in sun
big bird stirs, flying excitedly from field
his majesty's throne compares to earthen hill
close gate with propped cross
one side of a tree is some piece!
use needle point to make good torn clothes
treasure house contains jewels
visit someone to have words on the side
dead person lost in corner
""dead in one's heart"" means forgotten
two big wooden clubs with nails through
hand holds thin flat wooden stick for counting
big curtain of threaded grass shades out sun
building in dense mountains necessarily secret
bright alliance pledged over bowl of blood
plant copies model tree and grows big in sun
big arrow with broken tip
person translating carries a load of words

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983 優 984 幼 985 羊 986 欲 987 翌 988 乱 989 卵 990
983
984
985
986
987
988
989
990
991
992
993
994
995
996
1036
1210
1304
1307
1315
1322
1394
1476
1481
1521
1524
1535
1568
1624
mail in village left dangling
gentle actor's superior display of person's grief
infant short on strength, like tiny thread
sheep with fine horns marked with three stripes
greedy person lacks valley so desires one
wings of time leave, till the next time
kneeling figure puts tongue out--leads to riot
angular back-to-back fish eggs?!
person with one staring eye sees all
clothing made at rear of village has good lining
moving hand writes down the law
person faces goods and stares
good moon is clear and bright
argument of neatly capped and aligned words
woman half claws way up tree to get cherry blossom
fiercely agitated water releases white spray
person prays at tree for money bills
fluted dish on plate
tree branch
rear animals by administering food to them
pine is a public tree
serve heaped dishes when one becomes prosperous
twenty-one days ago is well in the past
three sticks atop fruit tree form nest
samurai wears clothes in bed
manage to put box-like bundle in tree
use stretched words to deceive about birth
there's a reason for making flute from bamboo

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1640 one miniature box on stand, full of beans 梅 every tree should be a
1640
one miniature box on stand, full of beans
梅 every tree should be a plum tree
1689
箱 bamboo sides mutually opposed in box
1703
並 line up in two rows of eight
1775
暮 live to see sun set among big plants at end of day
1789
夢 cover eyes at night and dream of grass
1844