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Japanese Kanji Grade 1
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Meaning red
Onyomi セキ,  シャク
Kunyomi あか,  あかい,  あからむ,  あからめる
Usage See examples below
Writing practice
 
Stroke Order Rules
 
1. Write from left to right, and from top to bottom
2. Horizontal before vertical
3. Cutting strokes last
4. Diagonals right-to-left before diagonals left-to-right
5. Center verticals before outside "wings"
6. Outside before inside
7. Left vertical before enclosing
8. Bottom enclosing strokes last
9. Dots and minor strokes last
 
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赤い あかい akai red
赤らむ あからむ akaramu to become red
赤らめる あからめる akarameru to blush, to redden
赤褐色 せっかっしょく sekkasshoku reddish brown
赤裸 あかはだか akahadaka stark naked
赤面 せきめん sekimen blush
赤潮 あかしお akashio red tide
赤金 あかがね akagane copper
赤ちゃん あかちゃん akachan baby, infant
赤道 せきどう sekidou equator
Japanese food
飯,  せきはん
Sekihan (赤飯, せきはん, lit: "red rice") - A Japanese traditional dish. It is sticky rice steamed with azuki beans, which give a reddish color to the rice, hence its name.

Sekihan is often served on special occasions throughout the year in Japan, for example, birthdays, weddings and some holidays, such as Shichi-Go-San. Sekihan is so strongly connected with celebration that the phrase "Let's have sekihan" has acquired the meaning "Let's celebrate". It is believed that sekihan is used for celebrations because of its red color, symbolic of happiness in Japan. In some areas, it is made when a young woman has her menarche, suggesting another source of the tradition.

It is usually eaten immediately after cooking but it also may also be eaten at room temperature, such as in a celebratory bento (boxed lunch). Sekihan is traditionally eaten with gomashio (a mixture of lightly toasted sesame and salt).

Information source: “Sekihan.” wikipedia.org. Article date: 13 Dec. 2007. Retrieved: Wikipedia. 4 Feb. 2008 <Sekihan>.

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