2 strokes
eight, eight radical (no. 12)
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N5
92 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 八 【ハチ】 eight, 8
  • 8月 【ハチガツ】 August, eighth month of the lunar calendar
  • 十八 【ジュウハチ】 eighteen, 18
  • 尺八 【シャクハチ】 shakuhachi, end-blown fippleless bamboo flute, blow job, fellatio
  • 鳶尾 【イチハツ】 wall iris, roof iris, Iris tectorum, fleur-de-lis

Kun reading compounds

  • 八 【はち】 eight, 8
  • 八重 【やえ】 multilayered, doubled
  • 八つ 【やっつ】 eight, eight years of age, two o'clock (old time system)
  • 八つ当たり 【やつあたり】 venting one's anger (on someone or something), taking out one's anger on
  • 八つ 【やっつ】 eight, eight years of age, two o'clock (old time system)
  • 8日 【ようか】 8th day of the month, eight days


Japanese names:
な、 は、 はっ、 やち、 やつ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ba1, ba2


  • ocho
  • 8


  • Oito


  • huit
  • radical huit (no. 12)
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