3 strokes
slash 丿
long time, old story
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
688 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 旧痾 【キュウア】 persistent disease
  • 久安 【キュウアン】 Kyūan era (1145.7.22-1151.1.26)
  • 恒久 【コウキュウ】 permanence, perpetuity
  • 耐久 【タイキュウ】 endurance, persistence
  • 久留子 【クルス】 cross sign
  • 久遠 【クオン】 eternity
  • 上手く行く 【ウマクイク】 to go smoothly, to turn out well, to do the trick, to have peaceful relations
  • 阿摩美久 【アマミキヨ】 Amamikyu (Ryukyuan religion creation goddess)

Kun reading compounds

  • 久しい 【ひさしい】 long (time that has passed), old (story)


Japanese names:
きゅ、 わ、 なが、 ひさ、 ひさし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • mucho tiempo
  • largo tiempo
  • largo
  • continuado por mucho tiempo


  • tempo longo
  • estória antiga


  • longtemps
  • vieille histoire
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