(mouth/small box radical) + ??? (???)
6 strokes
STRONG for both かく and らく!






Allright! Let's call that weird thing on top your nose. You'll notice that it looks a LOT like the kanji for 'been a long time' : 久. But 久's diagonal lines do NOT cross.  各's diagonal lines DO cross.

So! Now we are ready to do our mnemonic, which will help us remember the difference between the two kanji:

Each COCK in your mouth crosses your nose.



local train ★★☆☆☆
(each) + (train station) + (bring to a halt) + (car) = 各駅停車 (local train)

sure this is a scary and long word, but if you live here, you'll use it everyday: It means "local train" (literally, "stopping at each station train")

各々(おのおの) のxxx

each xxx in its own way. ★★☆☆☆ 1/2 KANA

each thing in its own way. 各々考え方が違います。 (everyone thinks in their own way/ everyone has their own opinion).

(かく) xxx

each xxx respectively ★☆☆☆☆ PRE

PREFIX- you can put 各 in front of a noun to make it mean "each one, respectively":each place, each thing, person. 


Meaning Hint Radical
reach / amount to right side BUMPY
each CROSSed lines
been a long time bottom GOES APART

grasp - the right line has what looks like BUMPS on it - those bumps are the WHITE KNUCKLES of the grasping hand.

久's diagonal lines do NOT cross - they go APART.  各's diagonal lines DO cross. So you can say:

Each time we met,you double-CROSSed me, so it's been a long time since we've been apart.

Used In


many kinds, diverse
様々な    色々な    諸々の    各々の    多様な