I'm trying to work out what kanji this is:

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So I went into Jisho and selected the radical, but can't see it on anywhere on the list. I tried adding 日, 百 and ヘ radicals too but no luck.

The closest one I could find is (which contains 虫 and 食) but this doesn't look quite right

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Am I just dealing with a weird font here, or am I using the wrong radical?

Any general tips for this type of recognition problem are much appreciated.

  • Font issue. In some this renders as the first image (simplified, but not Chinese-simplified), on some as the second one. The radical is the same, but its graphical representation differs. It's not the only radical that behaves this way. 八 being another that comes to my mind quickly.
    – macraf
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 6:09
  • Thanks macraf. So 食 is the correct radicial. Post an answer if you like and I will accept it
    – Bassie
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 6:12
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    See also this kanji.jitenon.jp/sp/cat/bushu09004.html
    – macraf
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 6:15

1 Answer 1


Yes, this is to do with rendering. Strictly speaking, you should only see the second image in Japanese computer text and not the first image:

  • is not part of the Jōyō Kanji set, which means that Japan (and Japanese language fonts) will only officially support its Kyūjitai form;
  • was originally derived from the components (mouth written upside down) and (a lidded storage vessel for food), and it had nothing to do with or despite their similar looking appearances;
  • Characters which contained a component involving 皀 will have the bottom portion looking like your second image in traditional (Kyūjitai) forms and looking like your first image in simplified (Shinjitai) forms. You can verify this by comparing e.g. the traditional/simplified versions of , or the traditional/simplified versions of . Note that both 概 and 飲 are part of the Jōyō Kanji set, so they should be rendered in their simplified versions in Japanese text.

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