Kanji: 池 Pond

JLPT N2 | 6 Strokes


Meaning: pond; cistern; pool; reservoir

Kanji Parts: 

  • 氵 water
  • 也 archaic “to be”;  think of it as a scorpion


The pond had both water 氵 and scorpions 也--be careful as you approach the water!

Stroke Order:


  • 池沼(ちしょう) ponds and swamps
  • 電池(でんち) battery
  • 人工池(じんこういけ) artificial pond


Old pond / A frog jumps in / Splash! / Silence again.

A haiku by Matsuo Basho

  • 古 old; ancient
  • 池 pond
  • や [ya is a kireji (cutting word) that sets the haiku rhythm and also makes it sound more dramatic.]
  • 蛙 frog [かわず is the old word for frog; nowadays it is かえる]
  • 飛び込む jump into
  • 水 water
  • 音 sound

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