To Strike


To Tap, To Hit, To Knock, To Beat

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb


This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means tap or strike, and the verb version is to strike, to tap, to hit, to knock, or to beat.

This verb can be used for both things and people, and the English translation will change depending on what it is you're striking. You'll always have some kind of object, though, since this is a transitive verb. So you might tap someone on the shoulder, knock at a door, or beat a drum.


  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)


Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. You haven't learned this reading yet, so here's a mnemonic to help you:

When you're going to strike something over and over it makes a ta-ta (たた) sound. Imagine you're about to beat a steel drum, for example. Now listen... たた! There! Did you hear it?


Context Sentences


He plays the drums well.


I told you to knock on the door before opening it, didn't I?!


I'm not particularly fond of Japanese manzai comedy, where they hit people on the head to deliver punchlines. Wasn't it taught in school that you shouldn't hit others?

Kanji Composition