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Kanji: 始 begin; commence

JLPT N4 | 8 Strokes

On: 
Kun:
はじ.める; はじ.まる

Meaning: begin; commence

Kanji Parts: 

  • 女 woman
  • 台 pedestal; a stand

Mnemonic Story: 

It may be over when the fat lady sings, but it starts when the lady 女 steps up on the pedestal 台.

Examples:

  • 開始【かいし】 start; commencement; beginning; initiation
  • 始末【しまつ】 management; dealing with; settlement
  • 仕事始め【しごとはじめ】 resuming work after the New Year's vacation
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