12 strokes
knife, sword 刀 (刂)
genesis, wound, injury, hurt, start, originate
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
741 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 創価学会 【ソウカガッカイ】 Soka Gakkai (lay organization based on Nichiren Buddhism)
  • 創意 【ソウイ】 original idea, originality
  • 独創 【ドクソウ】 originality
  • 草創 【ソウソウ】 beginning, inauguration

Kun reading compounds

  • 作る 【つくる】 to make, to produce, to manufacture, to build, to construct, to prepare (food), to brew (alcohol), to raise, to grow, to cultivate, to train, to till, to draw up (a document), to make out, to prepare, to write, to create (an artistic work, etc.), to compose, to coin (a phrase), to organize, to organise, to establish, to found, to have (a child), to make up (one's face, etc.), to fabricate (an excuse, etc.), to give a (false) appearance, to feign (a smile, etc.), to put on a show of emotion, to form (a line, etc.), to set (a record), to commit (a sin, etc.)
  • 始める 【はじめる】 to start, to begin, to commence, to initiate, to originate, to start up (a business, society, etc.), to open (e.g. a store), to establish, to start ..., to begin to ...
  • 傷 【きず】 wound, injury, cut, gash, bruise, scratch, scrape, scar, chip, crack, scratch, nick, flaw, defect, weakness, weak point, stain (on one's reputation), disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, (emotional) hurt, hurt feelings
  • 古傷 【ふるきず】 old wound, scar, unpleasant past experience, painful memory, past misdeed
  • 手傷 【てきず】 wound (suffered in a fight)


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
chuang4, chuang1


  • fundar
  • comenzar
  • originar


  • gênese
  • ferir
  • dano
  • ferido
  • começo
  • originar


  • fondation
  • genèse
  • origine
  • début
  • blessure
832 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
932 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
920 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
900 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
702 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
789 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1098 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1696 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1308 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1387 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1113 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
205 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2283 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1179 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1610 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1646 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
2127 Morohashi
1815 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
506 New Nelson (John Haig)
1631 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1759 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
950 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2843 2001 Kanji
2f10.3 The Kanji Dictionary
1-10-2 SKIP code
8260.0 Four corner code
1-33-47 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5275 Unicode hex code