Japanese Kanji -- 1st Grade

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Can you name the Japanese Kanji letters usually learned in 1st grade in Japanese elementary school?

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MeaningLetterInteresting Facts
Wood / Small Amount of ForestTree x 2? It's simple and easy
RainIn Japan, there is a rainy season called 'tsuyu' つゆ. Depending on the region, the timing of the season differs.
Boy/Male
Sun/Day
Four
Mountain
small'small people' (syounin) is utilized to mean children below age 12 in Japan. This is most used in train stations.
River
rock
ThousandThe main character in 'Spirited Away' by Hayao Miyazaki is named this
TreeTree is an important thing in Japanese shinto.
Up
Big, Huge, EnormousTo emphasize something, sometimes this letter is utilized.
Heaven/ antonym is 地(Learned in 2nd grade)
Car/VehicleThis symbol is used even in trains --> 電_ (densya)
yenYen is the Japanese currency.
Three
stand up
Two
Hand
grass'Makurano soushi' まくらのそうし・枕_子 is a famous book written in 996 AD. In Japan, they usually read it in the first year of middle school.
book
Eight
clam / shellsIt is said that shells were used as a currency in the ancient times
Girl/FemaleIn Japanese school, students memorize this letter by memorizing 'ku-no-ichi'. 'Ku' comes from hiragana and 'no' comes from katakana
to live/ to be bornIf read 'nama', it means 'raw'
mediumIn Japanese-style Mahjong, this is one of the Dragon Tiles.
MeaningLetterInteresting Facts
to go in, to enter
Human-being / PeopleCheck out how this symbol came to be! Whoever created this symbol is genius!
thread
mouth
FlowersThis is the first letter of the first name of a famous manga/anime character in 'Slam Dunk'
In front of / before
Down
Hundred'hyaku mo syouti' is a common phrase used to mean that 'they know very much'
redIn Health and Sports Day, one side is the red team. This color derives from the 'heike family (平家)'. Heike had power before the Kamakura period. Note: Naruto Uzumaki was born on Health and Sports Day due to its energy.
strength
king
earlyNote: 速い is fast
ChildThe birth rate of Japan is very low compared to other western countries. The effects of the low rate are showing up recently.
Bamboo'chikuba no tomo' (__馬の友) means a friend you've known since you were little.
To learn/studiesGood luck learning Japanese! It's worth it!
near sundownsundown = 日没 (niti botsu)
RightIn Osaka, people stand on the right side of the escalator. On the other hand, in Tokyo, they stand on the left of the escalator. Beware!
SkyThis symbol is used when writing 'karate' in Japanese
feet
ear
name
mind/disposition/nature/intention/compatible
Seven
Moon
DogIt's the first letter of a famous anime/manga written by Takahashi Rumiko
Ten
Six
MeaningLetterInteresting Facts
villageHaruki Murakami's surname starts with this
year/age
leftIn Japan, they drive on the left. We are just like britain
OneIchiro is a common name that utilizes this.
goldThe Golden Pavillion in Kyoto is a definite great place to go in Japan. It's interesting that gold used to be so abundant in Japan that they used it as a currency
blue
to leave/ to go out
Five
To see
ball / beadLooks similar to the symbol 'king'
to rest
letter
ForestTree x 3? It's simple and easy
correct/right/properIt's a symbol from the Taisho era
town
eye
sound / noise'K-ON!' utilizes this letter.
Dirt/Ground
Place to learn/For this, use hiragana. (Due to certain circumstances when creating this, I was not able to insert this symbol.)
insect/bug
whiteIn Health and Sports Day, the other side will be the white team. This comes from the 'genji (源氏)'.They had power and influence during the Kamakura Period.
Nine
Rice field
WaterFamous voice actress and female singer Mizuki Nana's surname starts with this symbol.
sentence
fire

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