里/pronunciation sato and ri/mean village, native place

How to study

How to Remember

When you study the Japanese Kanji, "里".

 

You should think to separate (ta) and (tsuchi).

means "rice plant" and means "soil".

 

I can imagine a small rural village from this Kanji.

So rice fields and soil as far as the eye can see : 里(sato)

 

If you know the Anime "Naruto" or "Demon slayer".

These Anime use 里 as a village name.

 

In Use

When you use only 里, The pronunciation is "sato"

 

When you use 里 with other Kanji, The pronunciation is "sato" or "ri".

里親(satooya) 里子(satogo) 里芋(satoimo) 郷里(kyouri)

 

When you use 里 with Hiragana, The pronunciation is "sato"

長年(naganen)住(su)んだ里を離(hana)れる。I leave the village where I lived for many years

里の掟(okite)を守(mamo)る。 I follow the rules of the village.

 

Useful Knowledge

If you memorize 里, It will help you study a lot of Kanji.

A lot of Kanji use 里 as one of their parts.

理(kotowari) (reason)

黒(kuro)げる (black)

量(ryou) (amount)

 

This Kanji can also be the left side part another Kanji.

This "left side part" is named "Hen".

We say "sato-Hen" for this "Hen".

If you'd like to know "Hen". Please look here!

野(no, ya) field

I think it's only this one in common use.

 

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