11 strokes
mouth, opening
disclose, open, say
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1403 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 啓発 【ケイハツ】 enlightenment, development, edification, public awareness, illumination, education, inspiration
  • 啓蒙 【ケイモウ】 enlightenment, illumination
  • 拝啓 【ハイケイ】 Dear (so and so), Dear Sir, Dear Madam, To Whom It May Concern
  • 敬啓 【ケイケイ】 salutation at the end of a formal letter

Kun reading compounds

  • 啓く 【ひらく】 to enlighten, to edify


Japanese names:
あき、 あきら、 さとし、 はじめ、 ひろ、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • abrir
  • aclarar
  • revelar
  • decir


  • revelar
  • abrir
  • dizer


  • révéler
  • ouvrir
  • dire
1197 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1452 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
940 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1205 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1138 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1491 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1398 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1487 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1690 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
293 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3434 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1769 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2408 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1094 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
3820X Morohashi
2763 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
828 New Nelson (John Haig)
1085 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1166 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1415 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3077 2001 Kanji
3d8.17 The Kanji Dictionary
2-8-3 SKIP code
3860.4 Four corner code
1-23-28 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5553 Unicode hex code