7 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
pay respects, visit, ask, inquire, question, implore
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
2209 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 伺候 【シコウ】 waiting upon (someone)
  • 経伺 【ケイシ】 asking for instructions, consulting and obtaining approval
  • 奉伺 【ホウシ】 inquiring about (one's health)

Kun reading compounds

  • 伺う 【うかがう】 to call on someone, to call at a place, to pay a visit, to wait on someone, to ask, to inquire, to hear, to be told, to implore (a god for an oracle), to seek direction (from your superior), to speak to (a large crowd at a theatre, etc.)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
si4, ci4


  • hacer una visita
  • preguntar por


  • retribuir visita
  • perguntar
  • indagar
  • implorar


  • visiter (hon)
  • présenter ses respects
  • demander
  • s'informer
  • questionner
  • implorer
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395 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1315 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
310 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1761 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1891 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1245 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
76 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
78 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
50 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
53 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1882 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
483 Morohashi
69 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
156 New Nelson (John Haig)
1864 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2008 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1094 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2149 2001 Kanji
2a5.23 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-5 SKIP code
3-3-4 SKIP code
2722.0 Four corner code
1-27-39 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
4f3a Unicode hex code