5 strokes
mouth, opening
phrase, clause, sentence, passage, paragraph, counter for haiku
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N1
1244 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 句 【ク】 section (i.e. of text), sentence, passage, paragraph, phrase, verse (of 5 or 7 mora in Japanese poetry; of 4, 5, or 7 characters in Chinese poetry), haiku, first 17 morae of a renga, etc., maxim, saying, idiom, expression, clause (e.g. in a database query language)
  • 区切り 【クギリ】 pause (in speech, writing, etc.), punctuation, break, end, (place to) stop, pause, milestone (e.g. in a project)
  • 絶句 【ゼック】 being lost for words, becoming speechless, jueju (Chinese quatrain with lines of either five or seven syllables)
  • 慣用句 【カンヨウク】 idiom, set phrase, idiomatic phrase


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ju4, gou1
gu, gwi


  • frase
  • cláusula
  • sentencia
  • oración
  • párrafo


  • frase
  • cláusula
  • sentença
  • passagem
  • parágrafo


  • phrase
  • clause
  • paragraphe
  • passage
  • compteur de haïku
592 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
683 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
655 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1258 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
745 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
795 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1123 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
337 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
337 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
663 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
315 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3685 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1881 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2561 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
65 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
3234 Morohashi
2967 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
693 New Nelson (John Haig)
65 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
69 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
650 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2549 2001 Kanji
3d2.13 The Kanji Dictionary
3-2-3 SKIP code
2762.0 Four corner code
1-22-71 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
53e5 Unicode hex code