13 strokes
music, comfort, ease
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
373 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 楽 【ガク】 music, old Japanese court music, gagaku
  • 楽章 【ガクショウ】 movement
  • 邦楽 【ホウガク】 Japanese music (esp. traditional Japanese music)
  • 室内楽 【シツナイガク】 chamber music
  • 楽 【ラク】 comfort, ease, relief, (at) peace, relaxation, easy, simple, without trouble, without hardships, (economically) comfortable, raku pottery, sukha (happiness)
  • 楽園 【ラクエン】 paradise, Eden
  • 千秋楽 【センシュウラク】 final day of a performance, closing date, final show, final day of a tournament
  • 行楽 【コウラク】 outing, excursion, pleasure trip, going on a picnic
  • 猿楽 【サルガク】 sarugaku (form of theatre popular in Japan during the 11th to 14th centuries), noh, fooling around

Kun reading compounds

  • 楽しい 【たのしい】 enjoyable, fun, pleasant, happy, delightful
  • 楽しい思い出 【たのしいおもいで】 happy memory, sweet memory
  • 楽しむ 【たのしむ】 to enjoy, to take pleasure in, to have a good time, to have fun, to look forward to


Japanese names:
さ、 た、 やす、 ら
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
le4, yue4


  • música
  • divertido
  • fácil
  • agradable
  • disfrutar
  • divertirse


  • música
  • conforto
  • facilidade


  • musique
  • agréable
  • confort
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