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音読 み (おんよみ): ショ
訓読み (くんよみ): ところ
部首 (ぶしゅ): 几 (つくえ)

Meaning: place, behave, dispose, manage, deal with, sentence, condemn, act

Notes: I’m confused by the meaning of this kanji.  I decided to learn it because I kept seeing it this way:

(Click image for larger version. My original image is on Flickr, here)


Soba noodle place (restaurant)

The problem is that when I look at the definition, it seems to have much broader implications than just “place”.  With all those ramifications, it makes me wonder why we don’t see this:

そば所 (そばところ)

instead of the kanji above…?  I talked to a native Japanese speaker about this.  When I mentioned the convoluted English definition above, their response was “huh? It just means ‘place'”.

As for the other uses of 処:


measures, action


medical prescription


manage, settle– one place you’ll see this is when a computer is progress bar, while it is “executing” or “processing” what you asked it to do.  But you see 処理 other places too:

「論文」by Flickr member Sekido.  Click image for larger version.  (Original image here)



Kanji originally posted 2009.06.10 18:45

Part or all of English definition is from  KANJIDIC — property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, used in conformance with the Group’s licenceDonate to the WWWJDIC project. Stroke order diagrams licensed from Kanji Cafe.

Written by bunkalearner

2010/01/08 at 8:00 am

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