5 strokes
generation, world, society, public
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N4
135 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 世 【セイ】 counter for generations, epoch
  • 世紀 【セイキ】 century, era, of the century (e.g. fight of the century)
  • 近世 【キンセイ】 recent past, recent times, early modern period (from the Azuchi-Momoyama period to the end of the Edo period)
  • 創世 【ソウセイ】 creation of the world
  • 世 【セイ】 counter for generations, epoch
  • 世界 【セカイ】 the world, society, the universe, sphere, circle, world, world-renowned, world-famous, realm governed by one Buddha, space
  • 夜店 【ヨミセ】 night stall, night shop, night fair
  • 救世 【キュウセイ】 salvation

Kun reading compounds

  • 世 【よ】 world, society, public, life, lifetime, age, era, period, epoch, generation, reign, rule, the times, world (of existence)
  • 世の中 【よのなか】 society, the world, the times
  • 千代 【ちよ】 thousand years, very long period, forever
  • 君が代 【きみがよ】 Imperial reign, Kimigayo (Japanese national anthem)


Japanese names:
とし、 ゆ、 ゆき
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • generación
  • mundo
  • edad


  • geração
  • mundo
  • sociedade
  • pública


  • génération
  • monde
  • société
  • public
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