13 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
sponsor, hold (a meeting), give (a dinner)
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
536 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 催涙 【サイルイ】 tear-inducing
  • 催促 【サイソク】 pressing, urging, demanding, demand
  • 共催 【キョウサイ】 joint sponsorship (of an event), cosponsorship, joint hosting
  • 併催 【ヘイサイ】 combining a pair of events, joint

Kun reading compounds

  • 催す 【もよおす】 to hold (an event), to give (a dinner, party, etc.), to feel (sensation, emotion, call of nature, etc.), to show signs of


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • efectuar según los planes
  • reunión
  • función teatral
  • organizar
  • celebrar
  • llevar
  • traer


  • patrocinador
  • manter (um encontro)
  • oferecer (um jantar)


  • mécène
  • tenir (un meeting)
  • donner (un dîner)
  • prendre en charge
1293 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
693 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
533 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1529 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1065 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2060 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1317 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1399 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1248 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
128 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
178 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
117 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
136 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
996 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
1005 Morohashi
157 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
298 New Nelson (John Haig)
987 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1062 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1607 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2175 2001 Kanji
2a11.12 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-11 SKIP code
2221.4 Four corner code
1-26-37 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
50ac Unicode hex code