11 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
healthy, health, strength, persistence
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N1
572 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 健康食品 【ケンコウショクヒン】 health foods
  • 健康 【ケンコウ】 health, healthy, sound, fit, wholesome
  • 豪健 【ゴウケン】 hardy, sturdy, robust
  • 質実剛健 【シツジツゴウケン】 unaffected and sincere, with fortitude and vigor (vigour)

Kun reading compounds

  • 健やか 【すこやか】 vigorous, healthy, sound


Japanese names:
かつ、 たけ、 たけし、 たて、 とし、 やす、 やすし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
geon, gyeon


  • salud
  • saludable
  • vigor
  • fuerza
  • sano


  • saudável
  • saúde
  • vigor
  • persistência


  • santé
  • sain
  • bien portant
  • force
  • persistance
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568 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
512 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
364 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
329 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1282 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
893 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
914 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1053 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
118 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
152 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
102 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
117 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
983 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
875 Morohashi
134 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
278 New Nelson (John Haig)
974 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1048 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
564 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2167 2001 Kanji
2a8.34 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-9 SKIP code
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2524.0 Four corner code
1-23-82 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5065 Unicode hex code