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1

Borrow
N/A
On'Yomi:
しゃく
Kun'Yomi:
か.りる

Meaning Mnemonic
Long ago, a great leader thought to borrow something precious from you. This leader did not return the thing he borrowed, and now he will pay.
Additional Info:
Think about what precious thing this leader borrowed from you so long ago. What was it? Think about how angry you are about not having the thing returned to you.

Reading Mnemonic
In your rage, you decide to find this leader, take back what’s yours, and in return, borrow the leader’s life. So you found him, grabbed him, and then threw him into a dirt shack (しゃく) where you shock him and do other terrible things to him.
Additional Info:
Come up with all the terrible things you do to this great leader in his shack. He deserves to pay.

2

Priest
monk
On'Yomi:
そう
Kun'Yomi:
None

Meaning Mnemonic
A religious leader wearing a mask could be either a monk or a priest. You don’t know, their face is covered by a mask!
Additional Info:
Picture this leader in their mask. Listen to them chant prayers that reverberate throughout the building.

Reading Mnemonic
This priest or monk did not make the mask themselves. They had somebody else sew (そう) it for them. It’s a cloth mask, but they can’t sew at all, so they got someone else to take care of it for them.
Additional Info:
You were this person hired to sew the mask. Imagine yourself sewing it, with a thimble on your thumb. You prick your finger every once in a while but you’re doing a fine job. What does the mask you made look like?

3

Paragraph
N/A
On'Yomi:

Kun'Yomi:
None

Meaning Mnemonic
The paragraph radical and the paragraph kanji are exactly the same! Yus!
Additional Info:


Reading Mnemonic
You write a paragraph of text on the greatest leader, Kublai Khan.
Additional Info:
If you don't know who he is you should probably read up and write a paragraph on him to help you to remember this reading.

4

Possible
N/A
On'Yomi:

Kun'Yomi:
None

Meaning Mnemonic
With a lip ring, anything is possible. Having a lip ring grants you the power to conquer any obstacle, achieve any goal. Everything becomes possible through the mystical power of a lip ring.
Additional Info:
Imagine yourself getting a magical lip ring. First you have to go through the pain of having your lip pierced. Imagine yourself having a hot needle pierce your skin in order to get this lip ring. Feel the pain as the needle slides through your mouth.

Reading Mnemonic
Since anything and everything is possible with your new lip ring, you use it to get a new car (か). You go to the car dealership and ask for a free car. The manager is impressed with your lip ring and gladly hands over the keys to the latest model of your favorite car. Not bad.
Additional Info:
What car is your favorite car? Would you go through the process of having your lip pierced in order to get this car for free? Probably. Imagine driving around and joyriding in this new car. Feel the wind on your face, stinging the not quite healed pierce wound from the lip ring.

5

Announce
N/A
On'Yomi:
こく
Kun'Yomi:
つ.げる

Meaning Mnemonic
With a slide and a grave in your mouth, it’s hard to announce anything. You’re trying to announce that you finally decided on what slide to get for your grandpa before he goes in his grave, but since you’re carrying the slide (and grave) in your mouth, everyone is having trouble understanding you.
Additional Info:
Try and imagine having a slide and a grave in your mouth. You’re trying to make an announcement, but you can’t. Taste the slide and the dirt in your mouth.

Reading Mnemonic
You realize it’s pointless to announce things with dirt and a slide in your mouth. As such, you remove the slide, but the dirt from the grave is harder to get out. You crack open a Coke (こく), and wash out that grave dirt. Coke sure hits the spot.
Additional Info:
You’re super thirsty and the Coke tastes so good. Hear the crack and fizz as you open the can of Coke and taste its sweet liquidy bubbles as you drink it down, washing out that pesky grave dirt.

6

Consume
N/A
On'Yomi:
きつ
Kun'Yomi:
None

Meaning Mnemonic
A sword eating master with a big mouth can consume lots and lots of swords. This master eats swords as a profession, and he was blessed with a big mouth. This big mouth of his makes it very easy for him to consume copious amounts of swords.
Additional Info:
Picture this sword master. Imagine him eating all of these swords, consuming them into his body. Hear the clank of metal on metal as he crunches them up in his big mouth.

Reading Mnemonic
The way this sword master got his mouth was by using mouth enlarging kits (きつ). These kits stretch your mouth out so that you may consume more with each mouthful. The kits were expensive, but worth it.
Additional Info:
Imagine someone using one of these kits to stretch their mouth. Hear them mumble and try to speak as drool runs down their face. It looks disgusting, but effective.

7

News
report
On'Yomi:
ほう
Kun'Yomi:
むく.いる

Meaning Mnemonic
Sitting on a stool, you learn that the best way to stamp out happiness is by watching the news report. Every report on the news is sad and violent and filled with death which makes you very sad, stamping out your happiness.
Additional Info:
Imagine the saddest news report story you can think of and imagine watching that story while sitting on a stool. What is happening in the news report?

Reading Mnemonic
Because all happiness has been stamped out of you by this miserable news report, you decided to bury yourself in the backyard so you don’t have to ever hear such a sad story ever again. Unfortunately you are Harry Hou-dini (ほう) so you inevitably escape from your underground confinement regardless of whether or not you want to.
Additional Info:
Visualize yourself digging a hole and then throwing yourself in, burying yourself, and then magically appearing above ground again. Darn these Hou-dini genes of yours!

8

Sit
seat
On'Yomi:

Kun'Yomi:
すわ.る

Meaning Mnemonic
A person with a mullet takes a seat to sit on a grave. This mullet person doesn’t respect the dead much, so he has no qualms taking a seat on this grave.
Additional Info:
Imagine yourself sitting on this grave. Feel the cold stone on the seat of your pants as the wind whips through the long locks of your flowing mullet.

Reading Mnemonic
But unexpectedly, this person with a mullet is also a wizard (ざ). The reason the wizard is resting his seat on the grave and taking the time to sit down is because he is using a spell to raise the dead. This wizard is truly nefarious.
Additional Info:
Imagine seeing this wizard in a graveyard. He’s casting magic and raising the dead. Hear the incantations he chants as the bodies rise from the ground.

9

Bow
N/A
On'Yomi:
きゅう
Kun'Yomi:
ゆみ

Meaning Mnemonic
Take your spring and put an arrow on it. This is your bow that you've made. It's an odd bow, but because there's a sweet spring there, you can shoot your arrows really far. What a sweet bow it is.
Additional Info:
Imagine yourself using a strange bow that includes a spring that you load the arrow onto it. Go ahead and try to use it to shoot something.

Reading Mnemonic
But what are you aiming your bow and arrow at? You are aiming it at a cute (きゅう) rabbit. A cute rabbit you are going to eat for dinner.
Additional Info:
You’re shooting a cute rabbit. Hear the whirr of the arrow through the air as it leaves your bow, striking the rabbit and killing it dead as it squeals in one last gasp of life.

10

Forget
N/A
On'Yomi:
ぼう
Kun'Yomi:
わす.れる

Meaning Mnemonic
The death of a heart is not something to forget. You may try to forget a death, when the heart fails and the loved one passes away, but you can never really, truly forget.
Additional Info:
Imagine someone close to you experiencing the death of their heart. I know this is not a fun thing to imagine, but use that emotion to help you remember this kanji, not forget it.

Reading Mnemonic
The kanji for forget shares the same reading as 亡, meaning deceased (and read as bow (ぼう) like bow and arrow), which is what someone becomes when their heart dies (because they got shot with a bow) – so you can kind of link these two together. Don’t forget!
Additional Info:
Just remember to forget. Well, don’t forget this kanji – remember that it means forget. You can’t forget it just like you can’t forget the loss of a loved one. Use this to help you remember (to forget).

11

Flat Objects Counter
flat object, counter for flat objects
On'Yomi:
まい
Kun'Yomi:
None

Meaning Mnemonic
In the winter, one can use a sliced up tree as a flat objects counter. Since it’s winter, all the leaves have fallen off the tree, so it’s easy to cut into slats. These slats can be used as counters for flat objects, such as these slats.
Additional Info:
Imagine yourself counting these flat objects in winter. It’s super cold, but you have to count them. How many are there?

Reading Mnemonic
While trying to count these slats of wood, a whole bunch of mice (まい) show up and start climbing all over the tree. This will not do, so you take two slats and start smashing and flattening all the mice. Now that the mice are flat too, you can also use them as a flat objects counter. Good job, mice.
Additional Info:
Now imagine yourself counting on these mice you just smashed. They’re freshly dead, so there’s not much of a stench yet, but you still feel bad about using dead mice to help you count. Imagine yourself counting on these mice as you try to hold back tears from all the murder you just did.

12

Steam
N/A
On'Yomi:

Kun'Yomi:
None

Meaning Mnemonic
The water from a tsunami can create a lot of energy when made into steam. Steam power used to be all the rage back in the day. Steam comes from water, water comes from tsunamis, so logically, tsunamis are a great source of energy.
Additional Info:
Imagine how much steam a tsunami could create. Hear the steam hissing off of the water and feel the moisture from the steam washing over your body.

Reading Mnemonic
In order to contain this steam energy and store it for later, you lock it up in a box with a key (き). That way the energy can be used at a later time. Provided you don’t lose the key, that is.
Additional Info:
Steam is very light, so carrying this box of steam energy will be no problem. Picture yourself wandering about with a box of steam in one hand and a key in the other.

13

Wash
N/A
On'Yomi:
せん
Kun'Yomi:
あら.う

Meaning Mnemonic
The previous tsunami gave everything in this town a good wash. There are many Laundromats in this town so when the previous tsunami hit, all of the detergent mixed with the water and gave everything a good wash.
Additional Info:
Imagine this soapy tsunami, washing all the things in town. Hear the soapy waves bubbling with cleanliness as they crash down around you.

Reading Mnemonic
All the Laundromats in town are owned by centaurs (せん), and they got a good wash as well. Being half horse, centaurs have a lot of hair that needs washing. Luckily, the soap tsunami gave them a good wash too.
Additional Info:
Imagine these centaurs frolicking around in the aftermath of the previous tsunami. It’s just like a big bathtub for them. Hear them splashing and neighing in the water.

14

Bake
cook, burn
On'Yomi:
しょう
Kun'Yomi:


Meaning Mnemonic
A gambler sets fire to his home in order to bake some goods and cook a turkey. Setting his house on fire isn’t exactly the brightest idea, but the gambler is taking a gamble that the things he baked and cooked in the fire will offset the cost of a new home.

This kanji also means burn, because when you cook or bake something for too long, that's exactly what it does.
Additional Info:
Feel the fiery flames around you as you smell the smell of baked goods and cooked meat in your nostrils.

Reading Mnemonic
This gambler used to play for the New York Yankees (や). He had a pitching injury, developed a gambling problem, and also took up some hobbies to bake and cook. Certainly a departure from his time with the Yankees.
Additional Info:
Imagine this guy running around cooking in the fire of his home, only this time with a Yankees hat and jersey on. He doesn’t play for them anymore, but he still loves the team.

15

Smoke
N/A
On'Yomi:
えん
Kun'Yomi:
けむ.り

Meaning Mnemonic
There’s a fire off to the west creating a lot of new graves (from all the burnings, sad!). To find this place where the fire is burning in the west you can follow the smoke.
Additional Info:
Picture this large plume of smoke billowing out from the west. You can hear the crackle of the fire as the smoke approaches you and gets into your lungs. Imagine breathing in this smoke. It’s making you cough.

Reading Mnemonic
Soon you realize that this westernish fire is coming from the library. A fire spells the end (えん) for a library. All those books are on fire and the paper is burning. No one will ever read these books to their end. It’s the end of this library. The fire has consumed it. All that’s left is smoke.
Additional Info:
Imagine this library on fire with all the smoke pouring out from it. Your favorite book was in there and now you’ll never be able to read it to the end again. Imagine how sad you feel about losing your favorite book as the smoke continues to pour into your lungs, choking you up.

16

Pray
prayer
On'Yomi:

Kun'Yomi:
いの.る

Meaning Mnemonic
You see a pelican with an axe and you pray for your life. This pelican is an axe murderer so you better pray if you want to live.
Additional Info:
Imagine the fear of encountering a murderous pelican with an axe. Hear the metal scraping across the floor as the pelican approaches you.

Reading Mnemonic
For safety, you lock yourself in your bedroom and eat the key (き). The only way the pelican is going to get in without that key is by breaking down the door. Oh, wait- he has an axe, doesn’t he? Better pray harder.
Additional Info:
Visualize yourself praying that the pelican isn’t smart enough to use the axe to chop down the door. Imagine yourself continuing to pray as you hear the thunk thunk of the axe against the door.

17

Prohibition
N/A
On'Yomi:
きん
Kun'Yomi:
きん.じる

Meaning Mnemonic
Two trees with a jackhammer are the masters of prohibition. These trees are large, sentient beings that are scary enough as is, but with the added power of a mighty jackhammer, these two trees are quite capable of prohibiting most everything.
Additional Info:
Hear the rumble of the jackhammer as the two trees go about their prohibition enacting. Listen to the creak of the trees as they move about, their leaves rustling in the wind.

Reading Mnemonic
If you hadn’t already guessed, these two trees aren’t too keen (きん) on fun. They want prohibition to extend to all fun activities which they see as unnecessary and wasteful. These two trees aren’t keen on fun, and they aren’t keen on wasting time either. These trees are keen on serious efficiency.
Additional Info:
Since these trees are keen on serious efficiency, they both wear suits as a uniform. Imagine these trees looking keen in their suits. They don’t look like they’re keen on fun, they mean business.

18

Zen
zen buddhism
On'Yomi:
ぜん
Kun'Yomi:
None

Meaning Mnemonic
A witch doctor pelican is a Zen master, studying Zen Buddhism and meditating every day. One would think that being a witch doctor would conflict with practicing Zen Buddhism, but this pelican has reached such a pure level of Zen that something like this is entirely possible.
Additional Info:
Just imagine this pelican witch doctor. As he meditates in a state of Zen nirvana, he holds a shrunken head and mumbles meditation chants. Smell the stench of the shrunken head as you listen to him chant.

Reading Mnemonic
The reading for this kanji is zen (ぜん), just like the Zen in Zen Buddhism. Pretty easy to remember, no? Just remember that the reading is the same as the meaning. It’s easy!
Additional Info:
Picture the pelican again but this time really listen to what he is chanting. He’s saying, "Zennn… zennnn… zennnn." Imagine this in your head to help remember this kanji.

19

Kind
type
On'Yomi:
しゅ
Kun'Yomi:
None

Meaning Mnemonic
A pine is heavy, and also a kind of needle type tree. There are many kinds and types of trees, but the pine is one of the most abundant. Most are pretty heavy too, as they grow to become quite large.
Additional Info:
Imagine lifting this kind of tree. A really heavy pine tree. Feel how heavy it is as your hands get all sticky with sap and poked by needles.

Reading Mnemonic
One of the worst things about this kind of tree is that they’re the type to drop needles. Especially in the house, it’s easy to get a needle in your shoe (しゅ). It’s especially painful to have one in your shoe, because the pine needle will poke you.
Additional Info:
Having a pine needle in your shoe is very uncomfortable. Imagine this type of situation and being stabbed in the foot every time you take a step.

20

Equal
N/A
On'Yomi:
とう
Kun'Yomi:
ひと.しい

Meaning Mnemonic
You must go to the temple for your bamboo. In fact, everyone must do this. Everyone who goes to the temple gets an equal amount of bamboo.
Additional Info:
What is this, communism? Oh well, at least it's fair!

Reading Mnemonic
Each person gets an equal amount of bamboo from this temple located in Tokyo (とう). Of course this temple is in Tokyo, where else would there be a bamboo temple as important as this? Tokyo is the only place!
Additional Info:
Imagine yourself in Tokyo, climbing up to the temple to get your equal share of bamboo. Now walk back home to your house in Tokyo while you carry your bamboo. Really imagine your surroundings and pretend you're actually in Tokyo.

21

Chest
N/A
On'Yomi:
きょう
Kun'Yomi:
むね

Meaning Mnemonic
In an enclosure on the moon lies a treasure chest containing a golden chest piece. This mighty chest armor will grant you protection from nearly any attack for it is imbued with moon magic.
Additional Info:
Imagine finding this treasure chest enclosure and donning the mighty chest armor. Feel the weight of the golden chest piece and the vast protection it grants you.

Reading Mnemonic
Where is this chest armor from? It’s from the moon. Now how would you say that if you were Canadian? It’s from the moon, eh (むね). Right, this here chest armor is from the moon, eh.
Additional Info:
Try and remember this kanji and its reading and meaning with a Canadian accent and you’ll have no problem remembering how to read this kanji, eh.

22

Brain
N/A
On'Yomi:
のう
Kun'Yomi:
None

Meaning Mnemonic
Nestled in the grass of the moon lies a treasure chest said to enhance the power of your brain. This fabled moon treasure is said to give your brain powers beyond your wildest dreams.
Additional Info:
Imagine finding this treasure. What does it look like? Imagine using the treasure and feeling your brain swell in size and power. Your brain is overflowing with ultimate knowledge!

Reading Mnemonic
Nostradamus (のう) actually predicted that you would find this grass moon treasure chest thing for your brain. It’s in one of his books. Nostradamus actually found a similar treasure that allowed his brain to make such startling predictions.
Additional Info:
Think of all the great predictions you’ll be able to make with your super brain. You’ll be even more powerful than Nostradamus! What sort of predictions do you think you’ll see in the future?

23

Instruction
N/A
On'Yomi:
くん
Kun'Yomi:
None

Meaning Mnemonic
You say stuff to a river, giving it instruction. This river is a new river so it needs you to say things, giving it instruction on what to do. Otherwise the river wouldn’t know how to behave.
Additional Info:
Imagine saying things to this river. What would you say? Flow harder! Babble better! Picture yourself shouting at the river as the water moves along.

Reading Mnemonic
While giving instruction to the river, you see a small boat coming down it. Inside the miniature boat is a raccoon (くん) captain and his raccoon crew. The raccoon captain is instructing them, "Stroke! Stroke!"
Additional Info:
Picture this raccoon captain and his raccoon crew coming down the river. The raccoons are all chittering about as they paddle the boat down the river.

24

Permit
allow
On'Yomi:
きょ
Kun'Yomi:
ゆる.す

Meaning Mnemonic
Say it at noon. That's the only time I will allow you to say it. That's the only time I will permit you to say it. Other than that, no saying anything. Noon is your window.
Additional Info:
Imagine a world where you're not allowed to say anything except for at noon. At that moment, after you've been staring at the clock, waiting for that opportunity, you burst forth with things you want to say. But, once it hits 12:01, you are grabbed and your mouth is covered. You are not permitted to say anything outside of that time.

Reading Mnemonic
Where do these archaic horrible rules exist? The smaller version of Kyoto, Little Kyoto (きょ). Normal Kyoto is just fine. This smaller one is where a group of people went to create their own little town with their own dumb rules.
Additional Info:
Imagine going to big Kyoto where everything is fine. Then, go to little Kyoto where it's not. Little Kyoto has the short きょ (instead of the long one), and this is how you can remember the difference.

25

Try
attempt
On'Yomi:

Kun'Yomi:
こころ.みる, ため

Meaning Mnemonic
Say you are doing construction at a ceremony - people are gonna try and attempt to get you to stop. It's very rude to do construction in the middle of a ceremony so people are gonna try and get you to stop it.
Additional Info:
Imagine doing construction in the middle of a ceremony while people attempt to stop you. Imagine doing construction as the ceremony carries on around you and people try to pull you away from your work.

Reading Mnemonic
Probably the only guy who could try and succeed at having an attempt with construction in the middle of a ceremony would be Charlie Sheen (し). All Charlie Sheen does is win, and since he’s winning all the time, he’d probably win at construction like this if he gave it a try.
Additional Info:
Charlie Sheen. Imagine him doing construction – would you hire him for a construction job? Picture him doing construction in the middle of a ceremony with everyone yelling at him and trying to get him to stop doing what he's doing.

26

Attain
plural
On'Yomi:
たつ
Kun'Yomi:
たち

Meaning Mnemonic
For happiness, a water slide is the best way to attain it – plural water slides; even better. Everyone loves a good water slide. As they say, the path to attaining happiness is littered with plural waterslides.
Additional Info:
You’re zipping down a water slide, fast as can be. Feel yourself attaining happiness as you gleefully speed down the slickness of the waterslide.

Reading Mnemonic
If there’s not a water slide around you, getting a tattoo (たつ) of one is the next best thing. Might as well get two tattooed on because plural is always better. This is a surefire way to attain happiness. Get a tattoo.
Additional Info:
Feel the pain of the tattoo needle as you get water slides tattooed on your body. It might hurt now, but you’ll be rewarded with great happiness later in life.

27

Quiet
N/A
On'Yomi:
せい
Kun'Yomi:
しず.か

Meaning Mnemonic
Conflict in blue water is made quiet by the muffling power of water. Under this blue water is a great conflict between two sea monsters, but on the surface it appears peaceful and quiet as the water prevents sound from rising above the surface.
Additional Info:
Imagine watching this conflict from above the blue water on a boat. You can see all of the action but its eerily quiet as you cannot hear any of the noise.

Reading Mnemonic
It’s quiet. To break the silence, Hard Gay jumps onto the poop deck and shouts, "Sei (せい), sei, sei~!" and starts hip thrusting violently. Now you don’t know whether to watch him, or concentrate on the conflict under the blue waters.
Additional Info:
Picture yourself trying to concentrate on the quiet battle under the sea as Hard Gay parades around the ship, gyrating and shouting, "Sei, sei, sei~!" It’s quite distracting.

28

Type
category, kind
On'Yomi:
るい
Kun'Yomi:
たぐ.い

Meaning Mnemonic
A big geoduck loves to eat rice of every type, kind, and category. It doesn’t matter what kind of rice it is, this big geoduck will eat it.
Additional Info:
Picture this big geoduck shoveling rice down in a flurry of geoduckness. Hear the sloshing and goopy glugging as the geoduck gorges itself on every type of rice.

Reading Mnemonic
While eating every type and kind of rice from every category, the big geoduck has become even bigger. Its body is ruined (るい). It’s painfully obese. This geoduck has eaten itself into ruin.
Additional Info:
Picture this big, fat geoduck, too big to move. It’s now in a wheel chair and on a rice IV. Imagine its wheelchair squeaking by as it wheezes and groans.

29

Test
N/A
On'Yomi:
けん
Kun'Yomi:
None

Meaning Mnemonic
A horse and a squid take a test to see which is the superior animal. The test will test their mental and physical abilities. Who is superior – the squid, or the horse?
Additional Info:
Picture these animals taking their test. The horse is neighing, the squid is flailing around and squirting ink. It’s quite the sight.

Reading Mnemonic
The final test is racing in the Kentucky (けん) Derby. This may seem unfair, but the squid totally dominated the swim challenge, so it’s only fair that the horse gets a chance in the Kentucky Derby.
Additional Info:
When you think of horses, you think of the Kentucky Derby. Just imagine that, only this time with a squid in there too.