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”.   

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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

1. 手.JPG

Mouth

3. 口.JPG

Ear

5. 耳.JPG

Head

7. 頭.JPG

Body

9. 体.JPG

Heart/Mind

11. 心.JPG

Fingers

13. 指.JPG

Arms

15. 腕.JPG

Skin

17. 肌.JPG

Legs (Feet)

2. 足.JPG

Eye

4. 目.JPG

Neck

6.首 .JPG

Face

8. 顔.JPG

Body Hair

10. 毛.JPG

Nose

12.鼻 .JPG

Tooth

14. 歯.JPG

Shoulders

16. 肩.JPG

Hair

18. 髪.JPG

Meat

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