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A list of jōyō kanji lookalikes

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The list only includes 2010 jōyō kanji. The keywords are from the sixth edition of RTK1 and the third edition of RTK3. The lines are in random order. I excluded most pairs characters that were already included in the kanji decomposition list. The list is released in the public domain.

遣 dispatch 遺 bequeath
滑 slippery 渦 whirlpool
深 deep 探 grope
師 expert 帥 commander
奈 Nara 宗 religion
漠 vague 漢 Sino-
便 convenience 使 use
昧 obscure 味 flavor
祭 ritual 察 guess
般 carrier 船 ship
求 request 氷 icicle 永 eternity 水 water
席 seat 度 degrees
貞 upright 卓 eminent
困 quandary 因 cause
精 refined 積 volume 績 exploits
幣 cash 弊 abuse
週 week 通 traffic
売 sell 帝 sovereign
悩 trouble 脳 brain
衰 decline 衷 inmost 哀 pathetic
麦 barley 表 surface
署 signature 暑 sultry
里 ri 厘 rin
伺 pay respects 何 what
埋 bury 理 logic
裁 tailor 栽 plantation
司 director 可 can 同 same
押 push 抽 pluck
房 tassel 戻 re-
吏 officer 史 history
例 example 側 side
紛 distract 粉 flour
掘 dig 据 set 堀 ditch 塀 fence 握 grip
郎 son 限 limit
勇 courage 男 man
無 nothingness 焦 char
又 or again 文 sentence
隆 hump 降 descend
熊 bear 態 attitude
項 paragraph 頂 place on the head
倍 double 培 cultivate
委 committee 季 seasons
代 substitute 以 by means of 似 similar 伐 fell
徴 indications 微 delicate
届 deliver 居 reside 屈 yield
菓 confectionary 巣 nest
善 virtuous 普 universal
等 etc. 符 token
康 sane 唐 T'ang
料 fee 科 department 利 profit
繁 luxuriant 緊 tense
老 old man 孝 filial piety
宰 superintend 辛 spicy 幸 happiness
子 child 了 complete
僕 me 撲 slap
宮 Shinto shrine 営 occupation
操 maneuver 繰 winding
会 meeting 合 fit
対 vis-a-vis 双 pair
玄 mysterious 系 lineage
宜 best regards 宣 proclaim
給 salary 絵 picture
域 range 城 castle
朱 vermilion 矢 dart 失 lose
撮 snapshot 提 propose
組 association 租 tariff 粗 coarse
逐 pursue 遂 consummate
搭 board 塔 pagoda 拾 pick up 措 set aside 捨 discard
暦 calendar 歴 curriculum
呉 give 県 prefecture
横 sideways 構 posture
午 noon 牛 cow
幻 phantasm 幼 infancy
友 friend 反 anti-
摩 chafe 磨 grind
続 continue 統 overall
旋 rotation 施 alms
蒸 steam 菜 vegetable 茶 tea
窒 plug up 室 room
充 allot 去 gone 元 beginning
謙 self-effacing 譲 defer
睡 drowsy 唾 saliva
丹 cinnabar 凡 mediocre 舟 boat
懐 pocket 慢 ridicule
貨 freight 貸 lend 貿 trade
待 wait 持 hold
重 heavy 乗 ride 垂 droop
輸 transport 輪 wheel
橋 bridge 矯 rectify
認 acknowledge 誌 document
民 people 氏 family name
体 body 休 rest
含 include 吟 versify
緒 thong 結 tie
内 inside 丙 third class
全 whole 企 undertake
幕 curtain 慕 pining
甲 armor 由 wherefore 申 speaketh
比 compare 北 north
快 cheerful 決 decide
第 No. 弟 younger brother
束 bundle 東 east
街 boulevard 衝 collide 掛 hang
覚 memorize 党 party
廷 courts 延 prolong
奉 dedicate 奏 play music
雷 thunder 電 electricity
湖 lake 潮 tide
牲 animal sacrifice 性 sex
状 status quo 壮 robust
傘 umbrella 卒 graduate 率 ratio
采 grab 栄 flourish
履 footgear 覆 capsize
末 extremity 未 not yet
堂 hall 常 usual
運 carry 連 take along
索 cord 素 elementary
候 climate 侯 marquis
権 authority 椎 sweet oak
嫡 legitimate wife 敵 enemy
才 genius 丈 length
倫 ethics 偏 partial
開 open 関 connection
走 run 歩 walk
邪 wicked 那 interrogative
各 each 名 name
払 pay 私 private
色 color 免 excuse
忘 forget 忙 busy
概 outline 慨 rue
藩 clan 薄 dilute 簿 register
酎 hooch 酌 bartending
熟 mellow 熱 heat
叙 confer 叔 uncle
矛 halberd 予 beforehand
尚 esteem 肖 resemblance
集 gather 隻 vessels
避 evade 遅 slow
突 stab 究 research 空 empty
職 post 識 discriminating
備 equip 借 borrow 措 set aside
冶 metallurgy 治 reign
併 join 供 submit
青 blue 責 blame
肯 agreement 育 bring up 背 stature
撤 remove 徹 penetrate
技 skill 伎 performing artist
句 phrase 旬 decameron
招 beckon 拐 kidnap
干 dry 千 thousand
原 meadow 泉 spring
血 blood 且 moreover 皿 dish
縁 affinity 録 record 緑 green
挙 raise 拳 fist
土 soil 士 gentleman
狭 cramped 挟 sandwiched
真 true 具 tool
俸 stipend 棒 rod
奮 stirred up 奪 rob
神 gods 袖 sleeve
業 profession 美 beauty
細 dainty 累 accumulate
区 ward 凶 villain
雲 cloud 需 demand
賢 intelligent 覧 perusal
苦 suffering 若 young
倹 frugal 検 examination
感 emotion 惑 beguile
列 file 刑 punish
孫 grandchild 係 person in charge
珠 pearl 殊 particularly
扶 aid 抹 rub
箸 chopsticks 著 renowned
分 part 公 public
角 angle 負 defeat
追 chase 過 overdo
正 correct 止 stop
仰 faceup 迎 welcome
祝 celebrate 視 inspection
族 tribe 旅 trip
殿 Mr. 殻 husk 穀 cereals
功 achievement 攻 aggression
Edited: 2013-10-30, 1:58 pm
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#2
I would add 録 to the 緑/縁 set. Those three characters caused me endless confusion until I finally did RTK.
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#3
犬dog 大 big 太 fat
蕪 turnip 無 nothing
Thanks for making the list.
Edited: 2012-06-30, 9:52 am
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JimmySeal Wrote:I would add 録 to the 緑/縁 set. Those three characters caused me endless confusion until I finally did RTK.
Thanks, I added it.

HonyakuJoshua Wrote:犬dog 大 big 太 fat
蕪 turnip 無 nothing
Thanks for making the list.
I removed a few of the really obvious ones like 犬 and 太 at one point. I should probably add them back though. 蕪 isn't jōyō.
Edited: 2012-06-30, 11:59 pm
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#5
I know others outside the RTK community down the method (not as bad as 4 years ago though), but looking at that list and easily discerning the differences is still a nice rush. Thanks for making it.
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#6
I found the kanji with fiesta/march/parade/arrow primitives to be a blur using traditional methods...

eg:

茂 誠 越 臓 歳 域 賊 裁 職 伐 幾 式 我 械
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#7
Nukemarine Wrote:I know others outside the RTK community down the method (not as bad as 4 years ago though), but looking at that list and easily discerning the differences is still a nice rush. Thanks for making it.
Right. It's nice to be reminded that I actually confused many of these at some point, but now they all look completely different to me. Well not completely... I confused 構 and 横 the other day when writing. I actually still sometimes write the wrong kanji in a compound word, but I virtually never confuse a kanji when reading.
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#8
I've confused 室窒 upon seeing them (but not writing), because I don't pay enough attention as to whether or not the top primitive is roof or hole.
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#9
person 人 and enter 入
Licence 允 and allot 充
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