6 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
meeting, meet, party, association, interview, join
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
4 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 会 【カイ】 meeting, assembly, party, gathering, conference, athletic meet, society, association, club
  • 会員 【カイイン】 member, the membership
  • 例会 【レイカイ】 regular meeting
  • 際会 【サイカイ】 meeting, facing, confronting
  • 会 【エ】 gathering (esp. Buddhist, festive, etc.)
  • 会釈 【エシャク】 slight bow (as a greeting or sign of gratitude), nod, salutation, consideration, thoughtfulness
  • 法会 【ホウエ】 Buddhist service (e.g. memorial service)
  • 御斎会 【ゴサイエ】 imperial event at which high monks recited the Golden Light Sutra to pray for national security and good harvests (held annually at the palace from the 8th to the 14th of the first lunar month, between the Nara and Muromachi periods)

Kun reading compounds

  • 会う 【あう】 to meet, to encounter, to see, to have an accident, to have a bad experience
  • 逢うは別れの始め 【あうはわかれのはじめ】 we meet only to part, meeting is the first step to parting
  • 会わせる 【あわせる】 to make (someone) to meet, to let (someone) meet, to expose to, to subject to


Japanese names:
あい、 い
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
hui4, kuai4
hoe, goe, gwal


  • asociación
  • reunión
  • encontrarse con
  • reunirse


  • encontro
  • reunião
  • festa
  • associação
  • entrevista
  • une


  • réunion
  • rencontre
  • meeting
  • parti
  • association
  • entrevue
  • rejoindre
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2-2-4 SKIP code
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8073.1 Four corner code
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