8 strokes
matter, thing, fact, business, reason, possibly
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N4
18 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 事 【ジ】 individual concrete phenomenon (as opposed to a general principle)
  • 事業 【ジギョウ】 business, enterprise, venture, (commercial) activity, (business) operation, industry, (social) project, undertaking, enterprise, work, activity, program, service
  • 商事 【ショウジ】 commercial affairs
  • 有事 【ユウジ】 emergency

Kun reading compounds

  • 事 【こと】 thing, matter, incident, occurrence, event, something serious, trouble, crisis, circumstances, situation, state of affairs, work, business, affair, after an inflectable word, creates a noun phrase indicating something the speaker does not feel close to, nominalizing suffix, pretending to ..., playing make-believe ..., alias, also known as, otherwise known as, or, necessity, need, you should ..., I advise that you ..., it's important to ...
  • 事柄 【ことがら】 matter, thing, affair, circumstance
  • 神事 【しんじ】 Shinto ritual
  • いい事 【いいこと】 good thing, nice thing, good excuse, good grounds, good opportunity, interjection used to impress an idea or to urge a response
  • 仕える 【つかえる】 to serve, to work for, to attend


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cosa
  • hecho
  • asunto
  • acción


  • matéria
  • coisa
  • fato
  • negócios
  • razão
  • possivelmente


  • fait
  • chose
  • matière
  • affaire
  • raison
  • peut-être
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