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Improve Your Japanese - Nature Kanji

Updated on June 10, 2014

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This hub contains all things nature kanji!

As you may or may not have already noticed, nature plays a large part in the Japanese kanji writing system with some of the most common radicals and compounds being made out sometimes nonsensically of nature kanji!

Therefore, this hub serves to make sure that you know all of the nature kanji that you need to in order to do well in learning and progressing!

Nature Kanji

Kanji
Meaning
Reading
Romaji
Flower
はな
hana
Forest
はやし
hayashi
Woods
もり
mori
Garden
にわ
niwa
Pond
いけ
ike
Lake
みずうみ
mizuumi
Sea
うみ
umi
Sky
うろ, から, くう, そら,
uro, kara, kuu, sora
Wind
かぜ
kaze
Fire
hi
Water
みず
mizu
Earth
つち
tsuchi
Ground
ji
Stone
いし
ishi
Island
とう
shima

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Nature Kanji Compounds

Kanji Compound
Meaning
Reading
Romaji
生け花
Flower arrangement
いけばな
ikebana
林業
Forestry
りんぎょう
ringyou
Industry
ぎょう
gyou
松林
Pine Forest
まつばやし
matsubayashi
Pine
まつ
matsu
森林
Forest
しんりん
shinrin
広島県
Hiroshima prefecture (Chuugoku area)
ひろしまけん
hiroshimaken
台風
Typhoon
たいふう
taifuku
風景
Scenery
ふうけい
fuukei
空気
Air/Atmosphere
くうき
touki
空港
Airport
くうこう
kuukou
Water
 
 
 
水泳
Swimming
すいえい
suiei
水曜日
Wednesday
すいようび
suiyoubi
水道水
Tap water, city water
すいどうすい
suidousui
Fire
 
 
 
火曜日
Tuesday
かようび
kayoubi
火事/火災
A fire
かじ/かさい
kaji/kasai
花火
Fireworks
はなび
 
Earth/Ground
 
 
 
地下鉄
Underground
ちかてつ
chikatetsu
地理
Geography
ちり
chiri
地上の楽園
Heaven on Earth
ちじょうのらくえん
chijyounorakuen

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Thank you for visiting, if you have any additional kanji that you feel is welcome to this hub then please do comment below. Any constructive criticism is also welcome and you will have the joy of seeing this article change along with it.

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    mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

    Thanks! I will too if I can get it figured!

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    DK 5 years ago from London

    Ahh well I'll be sure to post here if I find out!

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    mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

    Yea I haven't figured that out either. But on my Mac, it randomly switches the languages I have installed and that annoys me a lot :'(

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    DK 5 years ago from London

    Absolutely, it's quite convenient, though clicking up and down to swap languages is annoying. I can't seem to figure out the short keys :( ?

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    mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

    It works that way for Korean and Chinese as well (I use a Mac too so its very similar).

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    DK 5 years ago from London

    @rtburroughs2, I use a mac and so, like Mikeydcarroll does, I just type phonetically to get the characters up. Then you press down or spacebar for the kanji (symbol) you want :)

    I'm aware that you can just download something for windows and that some windows just simply already have this (under the 'A' button in the bottom right corner), that way you can just switch to 'hirigana' and be on your way!

    Thanks a lot for your kind comments and have a great day :)

    Philanthropy,

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    mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

    I typically install a font that I can switch to when doing something like this. But you kinda have to know the romanji for it to work and then know the character so you can get the right one.

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    Robert Burroughs 5 years ago

    This is very useful. Did you need a special keyboard for the symbols?

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    DK 5 years ago from London

    Thank you very much Mikey! And I know what you mean, it's not very easy :o it takes a lot of perseverance, but it's really rewarding!

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    mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

    This is amazing! I found Japanese a bit hard for me though.

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    DK 5 years ago from London

    wowow I know :D It's a great language and a fantastic culture! I think people that discover Japan often get addicted to it. It's a hidden treasure for most :o

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    emimemo 5 years ago from USA

    I am glad that some people are interested in Japanese Language. I guess it is the only language mixes three type of writing in the same sentence. We learn Hiragana in the kindergarten and Katakana and Kanji from first grade. Japanese kids are able to use 3 separate writings by 7 years old.