Kanji Body Parts

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Fun Fact: The radical “月” means “moon”? 

 

As you can see from the list above, some body-part kanji characters have the radical “月”!  You might wonder why the radical “月” is used for body-part kanji, although “月” means “moon”... 

 

That’s a good question! 

Simply speaking, the radical “月” (for body-part kanji) means “肉” (meat), not ”moon”. When “肉” is used as the radical, it becomes “月”. Probably, it’s easier to imagine “肉” is squeezed and changed to “月”.   

Fun Activity: Let’s memorize Kanji with illustrations! 

Now let’s try to remember body-part Kanji linked to illustrations each.


*Please take note that the following illustrations are based on my inspiration from Kanji shapes. (Often people find it easier to remember Kanji by using mnemonics).

Hand

Mouth

Ear

Head

Body

Heart/Mind

Fingers

Arms

Skin

Legs (Feet)

Eye

Neck

Face

Body Hair

Nose

Tooth

Shoulders

Hair

Meat

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