Random Kanji Knowledge: Shi

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 死, which is ready as shi (sounds exactly like she).

死 means “death.” You can make it into a verb by turning it into 死ぬ (shinu) for “to die.”

A Japanese cultural note: 4 is an unlucky number in Japan. This is because “shi” is also the standard way of saying 4 when counting 1, 2, 3, 4 (ichi, ni, san, shi.) Therefore, it is common to hear “yon” (and other variations) in place of saying “shi” for 4.

The stroke order for 死 is shown below.


Kanji drawing map

死 is a necessary, but often-feared part of life.

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