Learning Japanese Kanji With Pictures – Rain

Learning Japanese Kanji With Pictures – Rain
Meaning
Rain
Kunyoumi
あめ - ame, あま - ama, -さめ - same
Onyoumi
ウ - u

The mnemonic to remember kanji 雨 is to remember it as a window with rain water falling down. 雨 is actually a pictogram of a cloud with drops of rain falling, but it’s easier to remember it as a window with rain drops!

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Learning Japanese Kanji With Pictures – Country

Learning Japanese Kanji With Pictures – Country
Meaning
Country, state, land
Kunyoumi
くに - kuni
Onyoumi
コク - koku

The Kanji country 国 is a combination of the kanji  玉 (king) and 囗. To remember it, remember that in ancient time, the King of the country always lived in a walled city. So the king 玉 resides inside the walled city  囗, which is a country 国.

Learning Japanese Kanji With Pictures – Mountain

Learning Japanese Kanji With Pictures – Mountain
Meaning
mountain, hill
Kunyoumi
やま
Onyoumi
サン - san, セン - sen

The kanji 山 is a mountain with three peaks. In the oracle bone script, the three lines were drawn as three triangles, however it’s has now been simplified to three connected lines.

Learning Japanese Kanji With Pictures – Friend

Learning Japanese Kanji With Pictures – Friend
Meaning
Friend
Kunyoumi
とも - tomo
Onyoumi
ユウ - yuu

A true friend is willing to put himself in danger just to protect you. So is this kanji 友, where 𠂇is protecting 又 character.
The original meaning of this Kanji is 又 this radical means two hands holding together to signify friendship.

Learning Japanese Kanji With Pictures – Center

Learning Japanese Kanji With Pictures – Center
Meaning
Center, middle
Kunyoumi
なか - naka, うち - uchi, あたる - ataru
Onyoumi
チュウ - Chou

The arrow hit the target right in the center, it’s pretty easy to remember this kanji 中. In the past the middle box part of the kanji was interpreted as a drum. The long lines is a the flagpole. This drum with a flagpole was used to gather people and to detect the direction of the wind.