8 strokes
mouth, opening
flavor, taste
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N4
442 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 味 【ミ】 (sense of) taste, counter for kinds of food, drink or medicine
  • 【ミ】 -ness (as in "sweetness"), -th (as in "warmth"), a touch of, a tinge of, place, alternating between ... and ..., sometimes ... and sometimes ...
  • 厚み 【アツミ】 thickness, profundity, depth
  • 加味 【カミ】 seasoning, flavoring, flavouring, addition, inclusion, taking into account

Kun reading compounds

  • 味 【あじ】 flavor, flavour, taste, charm, appeal, uniqueness, attractiveness, experience, taste (e.g. of victory), smart, clever, witty, strange
  • 味付け 【あじつけ】 seasoning, flavour, flavor
  • 切れ味 【きれあじ】 sharpness, cutting ability, quickness (of wit), incisiveness, technical proficiency, skill, peppiness (of a ball)
  • 下味 【したあじ】 seasoning of food
  • 味わう 【あじわう】 to taste, to savor, to savour, to relish, to appreciate, to enjoy, to relish, to digest, to experience, to go through, to taste (e.g. victory), to know (e.g. pain)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • sabor
  • gusto
  • experiencia


  • sabor
  • gosto


  • goût
  • saveur
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