To Look Back On Something


To Reflect On Something, To Be Attentive To Someone

Word Type

transitive verb, ichidan verb


Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means review. What do you do when you review something? You look back on it. Meaning to look back on something or to reflect on something. This can also mean to be attentive to someone, for example your family.

This is a transitive verb, meaning it takes a direct object. You look back on the past, you reflect on the consequences of your actions, and you're attentive to your family.


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


For the reading, think about another word that is similar: 帰る. With 帰る you are returning to somewhere. With this word, you're returning to look back on something. They share the same first part reading, so you should take advantage of that. 帰るかえり.


Context Sentences


It's important to reflect on the past, but I think it's even more important to think about the future.


When I look back on my childhood, I'm amazed at how I could do so many things without reflecting on the consequences.


Honey, can’t you be a little more attentive to your own child?

Kanji Composition