palace

(crown) + (washtub)
★★☆☆☆
10 strokes
COCKPN
This is a total COCK. First of all, in the modern age, there ARE no palaces in Japan that even use this -when I show my Japanese friends this kanji, they're like, "Oh you mean Versailles?"

Second, even if you go back to the Heian period when there were palaces galore, 宮 is used as a suffix, and it's pronounced ぐう, as in JermaineGUU (Jermaine's Palace). But in people's names, it's pronounced MIYA, and in NON-place-name jukugo it's KYUU. What the palatial fuck!

My bad, I guess the Emperor's house is technically a 宮.

But even then (or at Versailles, for that matter!) a Japanese tourist would never say "Hey Mieko! Get a load of that classy MIYA!"

So, in short, the KUNyomi is only used in people's last names, and the only useful ONyomi (きゅう) is actually an exception - all the other (useless) jukugo use ぐう.

Aren't you glad you're learning Japanese now?

Onyomi

KYUU

That's a CUTE palace you got there. All those cherubs in the cornices!

Mnemonic

The princess left her crown in the washtub at the palace.

Kunyomi

みや never used, except in last names, like Karin Amamiya, the labor rights activist. PN
★★☆☆☆

Jukugo

子宮(しきゅう)

womb ☆☆☆☆☆
(child) + (palace) = 子宮 (womb)

Lookalikes

Meaning Hint Radical
federal BUREAUCRACY
palace WASHTUB

The federal government is run by BEURACRATS.

There's a WASHTUB in the damn palace.

Synonyms

palace
宮    宮殿