5 strokes
mouth, opening
director, official, govt office, rule, administer
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N1
759 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 司 【シ】 office (government department beneath a bureau under the ritsuryō system)
  • 司会 【シカイ】 leading a meeting, presiding over a meeting, officiating at a ceremony, chairmanship, chairman, presenter, host, moderator, master of ceremonies
  • 公司 【コンス】 company (in China), firm
  • にぎり寿司 【ニギリズシ】 nigirizushi, hand-pressed vinegared rice topped with seafood

Kun reading compounds

  • 司る 【つかさどる】 to be in charge of, to manage, to direct, to administer, to preside over, to rule, to govern, to control


Japanese names:
つ、 つか、 つかさ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • dirigir
  • gobernar
  • ordenar


  • diretor
  • oficial
  • escritório do govt
  • regra
  • administrar


  • directeur
  • fonctionnaire
  • bureau administratif
  • gouverner
  • administrer
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1861 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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1863 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
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