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Japanese Kanji Lesson – Body Parts Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Grammar

Learning Kanji’s can be hard at first, but if you study in the correct order, I strongly believe that you can build your Kanji knowledge steadily.  In Japan, school children start learning Kanji’s starting at 1st grade in elementary school.  It is true that they also learn Hiragana & Katakana; however, during the same year, they also master 80 first Kanji’s.  These 80 Kanji’s are basic Kanji’s to begin your Kanji studying. My advise is, if you are just starting to learn Kanji’s, stick to these 80 Kanji’s first. Within the 80 Kanji’s, learn each Kanji by grouping together with other ones based on its meaning. That will facilitate your learning.

I have written a few articles in the past, discussing about Kanji’s that are mentioned in the above chart. If you are interested in reading these articles, click the link below.

In this third article of Kanji, I would like to cover more Kanji’s, this time the ones related to “people”, such as men, women, and also the ones that represent your body parts.  Note, for those who would like to learn how to write each of these, I have also a link to take you to a site that shows you the correct stroke order. When writing Kanji’s, stroke order is very important!  So, I hope you will take advantage of the site. Let’s get started!


click here to learn stroke order.


click here to learn stroke order.


click here to learn stroke order.

We often use the word, “Onnanohito(女の人、おんなのひと)”, meaning, woman by combining with the Kanji, 人. Similarly,  man will be expressed as 男の人、おとこのひと(otokonohito).


click here to learn stroke order.

女の子、おんなのこ – girl (onnanoko)

男の子、おとこのこ – boy(otokonoko)


click here to learn stroke order.


click here to learn stroke order.


click here to learn stroke order.


click here to learn stroke order.


click here to learn stroke order.

When it comes to memorizing each Kanji, the key is to write and write, and write!  I have to tell you it is very important to keep writing each one of them until you feel comfortable writing the Kanji without looking anything.  Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions!

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About the Author: keiko

Born and raised in Japan. She currently lives in U.S. with her husband and two kids.


  1. lygie rasoazanatiana:

    Dear teacher
    I’m in the beginning so it’s not easy for me to learn it but I like it so much
    And I’ll make my best intill I know.
    Can I begin from the alphabet? And where I’ll begin to read it; I mean the direction. Exemple:go to rigth same english or opposite? Thanks for helping me. I wish I’ll have your answer.

    • keiko:

      @lygie rasoazanatiana Hi Lygie,

      Thanks for your comments. Let me explain what I covered in this article. Man means Otoko in Japanese. They way we write is おとこ in Hiragana and 男 in Kanji. You can see the rest of the words below. Transliteration is explained below in ( ). Hope this helps!

      女の子、おんなのこ – girl (onnanoko)
      男の子、おとこのこ – boy(otokonoko)

  2. Hannah:

    こんいちわ先生!I think it’s so cool that you went to USF because I live in Florida (^^) thank you for being able to give us a simple way to learn kanji. It really is hard to learn it all at once ;_;.

    • keiko:

      @Hannah Hi Hannah,

      Thanks for your comments! It is nice to hear from someone who lives in Florida. 🙂 Good luck with your learning. Let me know if there is any specific topic you would like me to cover in the blog. 🙂