4 strokes
hiding enclosure
ward, district
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N2
137 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 区 【ク】 ward, borough, city (in Tokyo), district (e.g. electoral), section, zone (e.g. postal)
  • 区域 【クイキ】 limits, boundary, domain, zone, sphere, territory, area (e.g. in programming languages)
  • 学区 【ガック】 school district, school area
  • 鉱区 【コウク】 mining area, mine lot


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
qu1, ou1
gu, u


  • barrio
  • distrito
  • sección


  • waº
  • distrito


  • circonscription
  • arrondissement
591 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
282 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
465 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
67 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
757 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
168 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
131 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
183 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
183 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
548 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
233 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3681 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1879 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2559 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1712 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
2674 Morohashi
2963 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
585 New Nelson (John Haig)
1696 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1831 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
243 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3475 2001 Kanji
2t2.1 The Kanji Dictionary
3-2-2 SKIP code
7171.4 Four corner code
1-22-72 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
533a Unicode hex code