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This webpage presents information about a research that was conducted on Japanese novels. Its purpose was to retrieve not only the most common Japanese Kanji characters but also the most common Japanese words used in novels.

Advantages of the research:
  • Japanese novels reflect everything related to the Japanese society.
Limitations of the research:
  • Can only retrieve available novels online.

It is important to point out that those Japanese Kanji characters that are exclusively used for Japanese names and the characters that are used to abbreviate words, were not included as part of the analysis.

Some statistics from this research:
  • This project was run using a PC with 16 GB of RAM.
  • Python's version 3.4.3 was used for this research.
  • 215 Japanese novels were analyzed.
  • It took 2 days to process the novels.
Download the complete list of the 2,136 Japanese Kanji characters and 939 Japanese words that are used the most in novels along with their pronunciations, meanings, examples, and sentences:

The following list only represents the first 58 Kanji characters that were extracted from those novels, it is not the complete list.
These were the first 58 Japanese words:
On the other hand, the sentences that are provided for each Japanese Kanji character, were modified using the following guideline:
  • Replaced いいえ for いや
  • Replaced ええ for はい
  • Replaced the first (when used as a particle) for
  • Removed あなたは and 私は when they were the first words in the sentence.
  • Added after when asking a question.

Highlights:

The following are two different Kanji lists.
The list on the left hand side, shows the 2,136 Kanji characters that are taught in Japanese schools.
The list on the right hand side, shows the 2,211 Kanji characters that are taught in order to take the JLPT.
The characters in red represent those Kanji that are part of the list of characters that are used the most in novels:
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西 使 調治務 交資予 配警 退 宿 便 盗吸 忙才県設 査委税営輸述欧担 療採 般貿 占植均億 普測豊齢囲貨混昇 紹雇贈照 貯硬埋 殿 浅掃掘捨軟沈凍 械菜喫干溶鉱 綿湿咲召缶隻脂 蒸磨麦膚濯 肯燥畜挟曇 統保企検援施 姿撃佐核整融票渉推請討攻 督授催批郎健盟織拡 遺塁邦緊標宣 昭廃皇臨踏壊債創障継闘 葬避逮迫惑撤削 拠秘 拒致繰項喪伴養懸契掲躍棄 購揮充貢鹿賃 獲郡併徹焦奪災析譲納樹挑 促慎携診託撮誕侵括謝駆 透裂敏排裕顧弘看 訟祉誉騒閥 隆症喚沿 唱阿懇俳麻李浩剤瀬 較覇抵脅茂犠 繁翼潟斉敷擁圏酸滅礎腐 滑孤鋼頑彩摩励蓄軸 稼瞬祥牲秩宏唆阻泰賄撲 唯膨耐塾漏慶芳懲彰棋恒揚冒之倫陳 憶潜梨克岳概拘黙須偏雰遇諮亀糧簿 殖艦慢鶴謀覆胞靖鑑飼随烈稿棟壌 漫玄粘悟舗妊騰往岐陛緯培衰艇 屈淡抽披廷錦准磯奨浸剰胆繊悔 諭虐翻墜徐糖搭滝軌俵妨擦鯨栽拐聡浪亜覧詐卸奮彫穏巧矛欺 釣萩粛栗嘉遭鬼庶稚滋煮姫誓把践呈疎 仰剛征砕謡謙后菌鎌頻琴班辰霞伏碁晶墨鎮洞履那殴娠奉憂 朴鳩酔穫佳潤悼乏該赴桑桂髄堤飢傍疫累痴搬晃癒桐郭尿凶吐宴鷹賓 虜陶憾猪紘磁敦騎寧循寮祐鵬珠凝苗澄縫亘呉 憩媛溝恭睡錯笹穀陵弊妃舶餓窮 悦刃縛暦粋辱毅轄弦稔窒炊洪摂 飽冗桃狩朱紳枢碑鍛猶塊旋弓幣膜 腸槽慈楊伐駿漬糾亮墳坪紺娯椿羅峡俸厘峰 圭醸蓮弔汁尼衡薫猟款閲偵喝敢胎酵憤 豚遮硫赦窃泡瑞慨紡肪扶濁奔斗 迅肖朽殻享秦茅藩輔媒鶏禅嘱胴迭挿 椎絹陪剖譜郁悠淑暁傑楠笛玲翔遷 峠篤肇渇叔雌亨堪叙酢吟逓嶺喬崇漆岬 愉寅礁洲屯樺槙姻巌擬塀幽峻曹 詠卑鋳抹槻隷禍酪茎帥逝汽琢匿蛍蕉 寡琉痢庸朋搾畔遼唄孔橘漱苑巽 杜渓翁廉謹湧欣窯褒升殉巴禎劾堕租稜 桟倭婿慕斐罷矯囚魁虹鴻泌於赳蚊葵藻 禄孟嫡尭嚇巳凸暢韻霜硝勅芹杏棺儒鳳馨慧愁 楼彬匡欽薪褐賜嵯綜繕栓翠鮎榛凹惣蔦錬 隼渚衷逐斥芙詔皐雛惟佑耀黛渥憧宵妄惇脩 甫酌蚕蒼暉頒肢檀凱彗謄梓丑嗣叶汐絢朔 伽畝抄爽黎惰蛮冴旺萌偲壱瑠允侯蒔鯉弧遥舜 瑛附彪卯但茜凌皓洸毬緋鯛怜邑倣碧啄 穣酉悌倹柚繭亦詢采紗賦眸玖弐錘諄倖痘笙侃 裟洵爾耗昴銑莞伶碩宥滉晏伎朕迪綸且竣晨吏 燦麿頌箇楓琳梧哉澪匁晟衿凪梢丙颯茄勺恕蕗 瑚遵瞭燎虞柊侑謁斤嵩捺蓉茉袈燿誼冶栞墾勁 菖旦椋叡紬胤凜亥爵脹麟莉汰瑶瑳耶椰絃丞璃 奎塑昂柾熙菫諒鞠崚濫捷
Download the complete list of the 2,136 Japanese Kanji characters and 939 Japanese words that are used the most in novels along with their pronunciations, meanings, examples, and sentences:

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