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All the Kanji on the JLPT Level 2 Test with ONE reading : #1
NOTE: Actually, most of these kanji DO have more than one reading, however they are rarely used or used only in names AND with recent changes in the test a few of these may actually be 3 kyuu kanji!

The Kanji
Reading & Meanings Useful and/or interesting words
あい love 愛している - I love you!
愛妻 ai sai - beloved wife
愛知県 ai chi ken - Aichi prefecture
愛読 ai doku - a Book lover
あつ pressure

気圧 ki atsu - atmospheric pressure
電圧 den atsu - voltage

commit; to entrust with 委員 i in - committee member
任せる makaseru - to entrust, leave ~ to
stomach i - stomach
胃液 i eki - stomach juices, the gastric juices
いき boundary 地域 chi iki - a region, area
地域時刻 chi iki ji koku - local time
universe, eaves, house 宇宙 u chuu - the universe, space
宇宙人 u chuu jin - an alien
宇宙飛行士 u chuu hi kou shi - an astronaut
宇宙旅行 u chuu ryo kou - Space travel
えき - liquid 毒液 doku eki - venom (from a snake...)
血液型 ketsu eki gata - blood type
えん to act;; to perform a play 演歌 enka - Enka (style of Japanese music)
開演 kai en - curtain opening (start of a play)
おう king 王国 ou koku - kingdom, monarchy
王子 ou ji - a prince
王手 ou te - checkmate, check (shougi/chess)
王様 ou sama - a king
おう center 震央 shin ou - center of earthquake; epicenter中央 chuu ou - the center; central; middle
おう Europe 西欧 sei ou - Western Europe
欧風 ou fuu - European style
おく hundred million 一億 ichi oku - 100,000,000
subject of study 学科 gakka - subject; course of study
科学 ka gaku - science
教科書 kyou ka sho - a textbook
money, goods 金貨 kin ka - a gold coin
硬貨 kou ka - a coin
section, lesson 課長 ka chou - section chief
課税 ka zei - taxes, taxation
possible, approve 許可 kyo ka - permission, approval
可愛い kawaii - cute, pretty
不可能 fu ka nou - impossible
可能性 ka nou sei - possibility
candy, confectionery お菓子 okashi - sweets, snack
菓子屋 kashi ya - confectionery shop
かい shell; shellfish kai - a shell
貝塚 ka zuka - a shell mound (remains of ancient socities' dump)
かい (1st, 2nd) floor (of a building); rank; 音階 on kai - music scale
武士階級 bushi kai kyuu - warrior class
階段 kai dan - stairs
かい machine 機械 ki kai - a machine
機械翻訳 ki kai hon yaku - machine translation
かい mediate; come between; to aid 紹介 shou kai - introduce
自己紹介 ji ko shou kai - self-introduction
がい harm; calamity 迫害 haku gai - persecution
煙害 en gai - smoke pollution
かつ active, live, activity 生活 sei katsu - life, living,lead a life
復活 fukkatsu - revival, restoration
活火山 kakkazan - an active volcano
活動 katsu dou - activity, movement
かん feeling, sense, feel 実感 ji kan - real feelings
第六感 dai rokkan - the 6th sense, a hunch
女の直感 onna no chokkan - women's intuition
感じる kanjiru - to feel, experience
感謝 kan sha - thanks, gratitude
感動 kan dou - to be moved (emotionally)impressed
かん complete, perfect 完璧 kan peki - perfect, completeness
完全 kan zen - perfection, completeness
完全主義者 kan zen shu gi sha - a perfectionist (person)
かん government 警察官 kei satsu kan - a policeman
官庁 kan chou - government office
かん view 観光 kan kou - sightseeing
観光ビザ kan kou biza - tourist visa
かん publish 月刊 gekkan - a monthly publication
週刊 shuu kan - published weekly
夕刊 yuu kan - evening paper
かん simple 簡単 kan tan - easy, simple
簡略 kan ryaku - simplicity
かん a can (drink or food can) 空缶 aki kan - an empty can
缶詰 kan zume - packed can, canned goods
缶切り kan kiri - a can opener

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All the Kanji on the Level 2 Test with ONE reading: #2
NOTE: Actually, most of these kanji DO have more than one reading, however they are rarely used

The Kanji
Readings & Meanings Useful and/or interesting words
rare, aspire, desire 希望 ki bou - wish, desire, hope
希望者 ki bou sha - person wishing to do something (join something...)
season (of the year) 四季 shi ki - the 4 seasons
季節 ki setsu - the seasons, season
季節的 ki setsu teki - seasonal
rule, regulation, compass 規格 ki kaku - norm, standard
規則 ki soku - rule, regulations
discuss, debate 会議 kai gi - a meeting, conference
不思議 fu shi gi - strange, mysterious
議会 gi kai - Diet, congress, parliament
きつ inhale, drink 受動喫煙 ju dou kitsu en - passive smoke
喫茶店 kissaten - coffee house, coffee shop
きゅう grade 一級 ikkyuu - 1st class, 1st grade
高級 kou kyuu - high class (expensive)
上級 jou kyuu - advanced level, upper class
武士階級 bu shi kai kyuu - the warrior class
きゅう supply, pay 給食 kyuu shoku - school lunch
給料日 kyuu ryou bi - pay day
きゅう old, former 復旧 fukkyuu - restoration, rehabilitation
旧姓 kyuu sei - maiden name (former name)
旧約聖書 kyuu yaku sei sho - the Old Testament
きょう cooperate 協会 kyou kai - association,society, organization
日本放送協会 nippon hou sou kyou kai - NHK (public television in Japan)
きょう conditions, state of things, still more 状況 jyou kyou - circumstances, situation
準備状況 jun bi jyou kyou - preliminary conditions, initial conditions
きょく bureau, segment 結局 kekkyoku - after all, in the end
米航空宇宙局 bei kou kuu u chuu kyoku - NASA (USA)
放送局 hou sou kyoku - broadcasting office
きん even, level 平均 hei kin - equilibrium, balance,average
平均寿命 heikin jyu myou - life expectancy
きん prohibit, not allowed 禁煙 kin en - no smoking!
禁煙車 kin en sha - non-smoking car
禁止 kin shi - prohibited, not allowed
- district, ward 行政区 gyou sei ku - administrative district
区別 ku betsu - distinction, to make a distinction
- tool; utensil; ingredients 雨具 ama gu - rain gear (umbrella, raincoat...)
家具 ka gu - furniture (lit. house equipment)
道具 dou gu - tool, equipment, implement
具合 gu ai - condition
具体的 gu tai teki - concrete, definite, tangible
ぐう - by chance; couple; even numbers 配偶者 hai guu sha - spouse
配偶者ビザ hai guu sha biza - spousal visa
偶然 guu zen - by chance, unexpectantly
偶像 guu zou - idol, statue
くん - instruct 遺訓 i kun - dying instructions
音訓 on kun - kanki readings
訓練 kun ren - practice, drill
ぐん - army, military 救世軍 kyuu sei gun - the Salvation Army
将軍 shou gun - Shogun, general
軍歌 gun ka - war song
けい - scene 景色 kei shiki - scenery, landscape
全景写真 zen kei sha shin - panoramic phot
けい - gaurd against, warn 警察 kei satsu - police
警衛 kei ei - guard, patrol, escort
警官 kei kan - a policeman
警告 kei koku - a warning
げい - art, skill 隠し芸 kakushi gei - hidden talent
芸者 gei sha - geisha
芸術 gei jutsu - art, the arts
芸術的 gei jutsu teki - artistic
げき - drama 演劇 en geki - theatrical play
劇的 geki teki - dramatic
けん - prefecture 各県 kaku ken - all prefectures
福井県 fukui ken - Fukui prefecture
県庁 ken chou - prefectural head office
県立 ken ritsu - prefectural ~, (built by the prefecture)
けん - matter 条件 jyou ken - conditions, terms
労働条件 rou dou jou ken - working conditions
けん - ticket, certificate, coupon 証券 shou ken - securities, bonds
商品券 shou hin ken - gift certificate
旅券 ryo ken - passport
けん - examine 車検 sha ken - car inspection ($$$)
探検 tan ken - explore, expedition
検査 ken sa - inspection, examination
検事 ken ji - public prosecutor
けん - right, power 議決権 gi ketsu ken - right to vote
特権 tokken - privilege, special right
権利 ken ri - right, privilege
- individual 個人的 ko jin teki - personal, individual,
個人タクシー ko jin takushi- - privately owned taxi
こう - navigate 航海 kou kai - voyage, sailing
米国航空宇宙局 bei koku kou kuu u chuu kyoku - NASA
こう - ore, mine 金鉱 kin kou - a gold mine
炭鉱 tan kou - a coal mine
鉱物学 kou butsu gaku - mineralogy

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All the Kanji on the Level 2 Test with ONE reading: #3
NOTE: Actually, most of these kanji DO have more than one reading, however they are rarely used

The Kanji
Readings & Meanings Useful and/or interesting words
こう - lecture 講演 kou en - lecture
講師 kou shi - lecturer
講談 kou dan - story-telling
こう - assent, consent 首肯 shu kou - assent, consent
肯定的 kou tei teki - affirmative
こう - suburb 近郊 kin kou - suburbs, the outskirts
郊外 kou gai - suburbs, the outskirts
ごう - number, signal, sign 青信号 ao shin gou - a green (blue) signal light
暗号 an gou - code, password, cryptic message
記号 ki gou - symbol, mark, code
背番号 se ban gou - number on player's back
こん - marry, marriage 結婚 kekkon - marriage
新婚 shin kon - newly wed
婚約 kon yaku - engagement
- look into 検査 ken sa - inspection, examination
捜査 sou sa - search, investigation
探査機 tan sa ki - a probe (space)
さい - talent, age 天才 ten sai - genius, natural gift
才媛 sai en - a talented woman
ざい - timber, materials 教材 kyou zai - teaching materials
木材 moku zai - lumber, timber, wood
- bloom, come out (flowers), blossom 咲き誇る saki hokoru - to be in full bloom
咲く saku - to bloom
さく - yesterday, last... 昨日 saku jitsu - yesterday (note: this is also the kanji for kinou)
昨晩 saku ban - last night
さつ - inspect, guess 警察 kei satsu - police
観察 kan satsu - observation
さら - plate, dish 皿洗い機 sara arai ki -a dishwasher machine
sara - dish, plate
さん - to calculate 算数 san su - arithmetic
算盤 soroban - abacus (non-regular reading)
さん - approve, praise 賛否 san pi - for & against, yes and no
賛美歌 san bi ka - hymn, praise song
- history 史上 shi jyou - historical
史上最大 shi jyou sai dai - the greatest in history
- master, teacher 教師 kyou shi - an instructor, teacher
講師 kou shi - a lecturer
牧師 boku shi - a pastor, minister, clergyman
- resources 学資 gaku shi - school fund, money needed for school
資格 shi kaku - qualifications, requirements, capabilities
天然資源 ten nen shi gen - natural resources
- words 歌詞 ka shi - lyrics, words to a song
形容詞 kei you shi - adjective (grammar)
作詞 saku shi - write a song, song making
台詞 serifu - lines (of a play...), speech
- magazine 雑誌 zasshi - magazine
日誌 nisshi - diary
釣りバカ日誌 tsuri baka nisshi - 'the diary of a fishing fool' - a popular long running comedy movie series
しき - ceremony, style 結婚式 kekkon shiki - a wedding ceremony
最新式 sai shin shiki - the newest style
略式 ryaku shiki - informal, simplified
しき - know 知識 chi shiki - knowledge, information
識字率 shiki ji ritsu - literacy rate
じゅつ - an art 技術 gi jutsu - technology, a technique, skill
読唇術 doku shin jutsu - lip reading
忍術 nin jutsu - the art of the Ninja, stealth & combat
じゅん - order,a turn, obey 従順 juu jun - obedience
順調 jun chou - favorable, smoothness, smoothly
じゅん - standard, a rule, semi~ 水準 sui jun - water level
準備中 jun bi chuu - in preparation, not open yet (business)
じゅん - pure, purity 単純 tan jun - simplicity
単純に言えば tan jun ni ieba - to put it simply, simply put...
しょ - deal with, to manage 処理 sho ri - managment
処分 sho bun - disposal, punishment
しょ - government office 消防署 shou bou sho - fire station
税務署 zei mu sho - tax office
しょ - many 諸君 sho kun - Ladies and Gentlemen!
諸国 sho koku - various countries
しょう - chapter (in a book) 序章 jo shou - preface
第一章 dai isshou - the first chapter
しょう - prize, award ノーベル賞 no-beru shou - the Nobel Prize
賞品 shou hin - prize, trophy

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All the Kanji on the Level 2 Test with ONE reading: #4
NOTE: Actually, most of these kanji DO have more than one reading, however they are rarely used

The Kanji
Readings & Meanings Useful and/or interesting words
しょう - general officer 将棋 shou gi - Japanese chess (game)
将軍 shou gun - Shogun, general
将来 shou rai - the future
しょう - introduce 紹介 shou kai - introduce, introduction
自己紹介 ji ko shou kai - self-introduction
じょう - form, letter 果たし状 hatashi jou - letter of challenge, challenge to a duel
招待状 shou tai jou - invitation card
しょく - employment 求職 kyuu shoku - seeking employment, looking for work
辞職 ji shoku - resignation
しん - believe, message 確信 kaku shin - confidence, conviction
信仰 shin kou - faith, creed
遭難信号 sou nan shin gou - distress signal, SOS
せい - system, control 規制 ki sei - regulation
無制限 mu sei gen - limitless
せい - manufactured, made in ~ アメリカ製 amerika sei - made in America
木製 moku sei - made of wood
ぜい - tax 関税 kan zei - customs, duty, tarrif
税制改革 zei sei kai kaku - tax reform
せき - seat 運転席 un ten seki - driver seat
欠席 kesseki - absence, non-attendance
せき - achievements 実績 jisseki - actual results, achievements
成績表 sei seki hyou - report card
せき - one of a pair; counter for boats 数隻の船 suu seki no fune - several boats
一隻 isseki - one (counter for boats)
せき - register 国籍 koku seki - nationality
本籍地 hon seki chi - permanent residence
せん - a line 境界線 kyou kai sen - boundary line
曲線 kyoku sen - curve
- ancestor 祖国 so koku - father land, native country
祖先 so sen - ancestor
そう - total, general 総合的 sou gou teki - synthetic
総理大臣 sou ri dai jin - Prime Minister
そう - stratum, layer 階層 kai sou - class, level
成層圏 sei sou ken - stratosphere
そう - dry up 乾燥 kan sou - dried, dehydrate
乾燥洗濯 kan sou sen taku - dry cleaning
ぞう - image 現像 gen zou - developing (film)
雪像 setsu zou - snow sculpture
想像 sou zou - imagination
ぞう - internal organ, entrails 肝臓 kan zou - liver (body part)
心臓の鼓動 shin zou no kodou - heartbeat
そく - a rule, law, to act on 規則 ki soku - rule, regulation
不規則動詞 fu kisoku dou shi - irregular verb
そつ - graduate 卒業証書 sotsu gyou shou sho - diploma
高卒 kou sotsu - high school graduate
だい - rank, No. ~ 安全第一 an zen dai ichi - safety first
第一印象 dai ichi in shou - first impression
たく - house, home 自宅 ji taku - one's house
宅配便 taku hai bin - express home delivery
たく - to rinse 洗濯挟み sentaku basami - clothes pin
洗濯物 sen taku mono - clothes to be washed
たん - single 単身赴任 tan shin fu nin - transfer without family; the father working in another city
単独会見i tan doku kai ken - exclusive interview
だん - talk 怪談 kai dan - ghost story
冗談抜き jou dan nuki - no joking, jesting aside
だん - step 手段 shu dan - means, way
段ボール dan bo-ru - cardboard
ちく - livestock 家畜 ka chiku - domesticated animals, cattle
畜産 chiku san - stock breeding
ちゅう - outer space 宇宙基地 u chuu ki chi - space station
宇宙人 u chuu jin - alien, space man
宙返り chuu gaeri - somersault

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All the Kanji on the Level 2 Test with ONE reading: #5
NOTE: Actually, most of these kanji DO have more than one reading, however they are rarely used

The Kanji
Reading & Meanings Useful and/or interesting words
ちゅう - stationed 駐車場 chuu sha jou - parking lot
駐屯所 chuu ton jo - military station, post
ちょ - lay up 貯金 cho kin - savings, save money
貯水池 cho sui chi - reservoir (of water)
ちょう - government agency 環境庁 kan kyou chou - environmental agency
県庁 ken chou - prefectural headquarters
てい - stop, halt バス停 basu tei - bus stop
停学 tei gaku - suspend from school
てき - suitable 快適 kai teki - pleasant, comfortable
不適当 fu teki tou - inadequacy, unfitness
てつ - iron 地下鉄 chi ka tetsu - subway, underground train
鉄棒 tetsu bou - iron bar, crowbar
てん - point, marks, dot 凝固点 gyou ko ten - freezing point
交差点 kou sa ten - intersection, crossing
- follower 使徒 shi to - apostle, disciple
偶像教徒的 guu zou kyou to teki - idolatrous
- way 途中 to chuu - on the way
前途有望 zen to yuu bou - a promising future
とう - party, sect, group 反対党 han tai tou - opposition party
民主党 min shu tou - Democratic party
とう - arrive 人跡未踏 jin seki mi tou - unexplored
到着 tou chaku - arrival
とう - tower 管制塔 kan sei tou - control tower
バベルの塔 baberu no tou - the Tower of Babel
どう - copper, bronze 銅メダル dou medaru - a bronze medal
銅山 dou zan - copper mine
どく - poison 働き中毒 hataraki chuu doku - workaholic, work poisoning
毒見 doku mi - tasting for poison (for a king...)
解毒剤 ge doku zai - antidote
ねん - toughts, remembering 記念 ki nen - commemoration, in memory
望郷の念 bou kyou no nen - a sense of nostalgia
のう - farming 農家 nou ka - farmer, farm family
農場 nou jou - farm
のう - ability 日本語能力試験 nihongo nou ryoku shi ken - the Japanese Language Proficiency Test
人工知能 jin kou chi nou - AI, Artificial Intelligence
不可能 fu ka nou - impossible
のう - brain 洗脳 sen nou - brain washing
頭脳 zu nou - head, brains, intellect
ばい - times X, double 二倍 ni bai - twice, double x2
倍増 bai zou - double
ばく - to explode 原爆 gen baku - atomic bomb
爆弾 baku dan - bomb
爆発 baku hatsu - explosion
はこ - box ごみ箱 gomi bako - garbage box, trash can
主の箱 shu no hako - the Ark of the Lord
巣箱 su bako - nest, hive (bees)
はだ - skin 鳥肌 tori hada - goose bumps, get goose pimples
肌寒い hada samui - chilly
はん - print, publishing 英語版 ei go ban - English edition
吹き替え版 fuki kae ban - dubbed version (videos...)
はん - to sort, generally 一般的 ippan teki - generally, typically
全般的 zen pan teki - universally
はん - to sell 自動販売機 ji dou han bai ki - vending machine
通信販売 tsuu shin han bai - mail order
ばん - order, turn, watch 一番 ichi ban - #1, the best, favorite
交番 kou ban - police box
夜番 yo ban - night watch
ばん - evening 一昨晩 issaku ban - night before last
一晩中 hito ban chuu - all night, over night
- not, not good 是非 ze hi - certainly, of course
非金属 hi kin zoku - non-metal
非常に hi jou ni - extremely, very

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All the Kanji on the Level 2 Test with ONE reading: #6
NOTE: Actually, most of these kanji DO have more than one reading, however they are rarely used

The Kanji
Reading & Meanings Useful and/or interesting words
びょう - a second 数秒 suu byou - a few seconds
秒読み byou yomi - countdown
- prefecture, agency 大阪府 oo saka fu - Osaka prefecture
政府 sei fu - government
- a woman 看護婦 kan go fu - nurse
夫婦 fuu fu - husband and wife
- symbol 引用符 in you fu - quotation marks ""
切符 kippu - ticket
- wide, universal, general 普段着 fu dan gi - everyday clothes
普通列車 fu tsuu ressha - regular local train
- skin 皮膚科 hi fu ka - dermatology
完膚なきまで kan pu naki made - completely, thoroughly
- a department, section 倶楽部 ku ra bu - (school) club
警部 kei bu - police inspector
部屋 heya - room (irregular reading)
ふく - fortune 祝福 shuku fuku - blessing
福井県 fukui ken - Fukui prefecture
福引き fuku biki - lottery, drawing
福音 fuku in - the Gospel, the Good News
福祉 fuku shi - welfare
ふく - secondary 副詞 fuku shi - adverb
副社長 fuku sha chou - vice-president (of company)
ふく - return to, again 往復 ou fuku - round trip, return ticket
回復 kai fuku - recovery (from an illness)
復習 fuku shuu - review (studies)
復讐 fuku shuu - revenge
ふく - compound, complex 複雑 fuku zatsu - complex, complicated
複数 fuku suu - plural (grammar...)
複製 fuku sei - reproduction, reprinting, duplication
貿
ぼう - trade 貿易会社 bou eki gai sha - trading company
交換貿易制 kou kan bou eki sei - barter system
ぼう - a stick, rod 指揮棒 shi ki bou - conductor's stick
泥棒 doro bou - theif, robber
用心棒 you jin bou - a bodygaurd
ぼう - headgear 脱帽 datsu bou - take off one's hat; my hat's off to you
麦藁帽子 mugi wara bou shi - straw hat
まい - counter for sheets (of paper) 一枚 ichi mai - one flat object (paper)
三枚目 san mai me - a comedian, comic actor
二枚目 ni mai me - a love scene's actor, handsome man
- not yet, still to come 未確認飛行物体 mi kaku nin hi kou buttai - UFO
未知 mi chi - unknown, not known yet
未来型 mi rai gata - futuristic
やく - promise, contract 旧約聖書 kyuu yaku sei sho - the Old Testament
契約 kei yaku - contract
婚約 kon yaku - engagement
- transport 禁輸 kin yu - embargo
密輸 mitsu yu - smuggling
輸入 yu nyuu - import
ゆう - mail 郵税 yuu zei - postage
郵便為替 yuu bin kawase - postal money order
- in advance, I 予言者 yo gen sha - a prophet
予算 yo san - budget, estimate
予約 yo yaku - reservation, booking
よう - sun, positive 太陽 tai you - the Sun
陽光 you kou - sunlight, sun shine
よう - appearance, contain 儀容 gi you - manners
美容院 bi you in - beauty parlor
容疑者 you gi sha - a suspect (person)
よく - the following, the next 翌日 yoku jitsu - the next day
翌年 yoku nen - the following year
りく - land 上陸 jou riku - landing (from plane)
大陸 tai riku - continent
りゃく - abridged, strategy 省略 shou ryaku - omission, abbreviation
侵略 shin ryaku - invasion, raid
りょう - both 両思う ryou omou - mutual love
両手 ryou te - both hands
りょう - territory 大統領 dai tou ryou - president (of country)
領事館 ryou ji kan - consulate
りょう - finish, comprehend 完了 kan ryou - completed, finished
終了 shuu ryou - end, finish, termination
了解 ryou kai - understand, roger

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All the Kanji on the Level 2 Test with ONE reading: #7
NOTE: Actually, most of these kanji DO have more than one reading, however they are rarely used

The Kanji
Reading & Meanings Useful and/or interesting words
りょう - treat 治療 chi ryou - medical treatment
医療 i ryou - medical care, medical
るい - a kind, a type 書類 sho rui - papers, documents
人類 jin rui - humanity, mankind
れい - command 制令 sei rei - regulations
年令 nen rei - age
命令 mei rei - command, order
れい - zero 零下 rei ka - below zero, sub-zero
零時 rei ji - midnight
れい - age 学齢 gaku rei - school age
年齢 nen rei - age
れき - personal history 学歴 gaku reki - school history, acedemic background
歴史家 reki shi ka - historian
れつ - row, a line 戦列 sen retsu - line of battle
列を作る retsu o tsukuru - make a line
最後列車 sai go ressha - last train
ろう - labor, effort 肉体疲労 niku tai hi rou - totally fatigued
勤労者 kin rou sha - worker
ろく - record 回顧録 kai ko roku - memoirs, recollections (written down)
黙示録 moku shi roku - the Apocalypse, Book of Revelation
録画 roku ga - recording (video)
ろん - argue, theory 意味論 i mi ron - semantics, study of meaning
議論 gi ron - discussion, argument
結論 ketsu ron - conclusion
理論 ri ron - theory
わん - bay 台湾 tai wan - Taiwan
湾岸 wan gan - gulf coast

Cats & Bears

Here are those kanji masquerading as cats!

The Kanji in Question meaning / readings Combos and related words
Readings: びょう byou , ねこ neko
Meaning: Cat
猫舌 neko jita - A sensitive tongue to heat
猫背 neko ze - stooping, stooping over (like a cat)
Readings: びょう byou , えが+く ega+ku, か+く ka+ku
Meaning: To draw, to picture, to describe
描写 byou sha - a description, to describe
Readings: びょう byou , なえ nae ,  なわ nawa
Meaning: a seedling; a young plant, tree
苗代 nawa shiro - a nursery; a bed for rice seedlings
苗木 nae gi - a young tree

Have a look at the bear's cousins...

The Kanji in Question meaning / readings Combos and related words
Readings: くま kuma
Meaning: Bear
洗熊 arai guma - raccoon (lit. washing bear - because this animal washes his paws)
熊のプーさん kuma no pu-san - Winnie the Pooh
白熊 shiro kuma - Polar Bear
Readings: のう nou
Meaning: ability; the Noh (play)
可能 kanou - possible
不可能 fukanou - impossible
性能 seinou - ability; efficiency
Readings: たい tai
Meaning: appearance; state of affairs
態度 taido - attitude

Reversable Kanji Combinations

Here we will explore the wonderful world of kanji. A 熟語 jukugo is a kanji compound where each kanji has a meaning that somehow relates (usually) to the combined kanji's overall meaning. Some kanji combinations can be rever