6 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
rest, day off, retire, sleep
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N5
642 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 休刊 【キュウカン】 suspension of publication
  • 休暇 【キュウカ】 holiday, day off, furlough, absence (from work)
  • 帰休 【キキュウ】 leave, furlough, temporary layoff
  • 定休 【テイキュウ】 regular holiday, fixed day off, regular closing day

Kun reading compounds

  • 休む 【やすむ】 to be absent, to take a day off, to rest, to have a break, to go to bed, to (lie down to) sleep, to turn in, to retire, to stop doing some ongoing activity for a time, to suspend business
  • 休まる 【やすまる】 to be rested, to feel at ease, to repose, to be relieved
  • 休める 【やすめる】 to rest, to suspend, to give relief


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • descanso
  • descansar
  • tomarse un descanso
  • estar descansado
  • dar descanso


  • descanso
  • dia desligado
  • aposentar
  • sono


  • repos
  • jour de repos
  • se coucher
  • dormir
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153 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
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60 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
60 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
138 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
64 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
56 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
36 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
37 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
974 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
440 Morohashi
52 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
142 New Nelson (John Haig)
965 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1038 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
56 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2164 2001 Kanji
2a4.2 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-4 SKIP code
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