6 strokes
-times, round, game, revolve, counter for occurrences
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N3
50 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 回 【カイ】 counter for occurrences, a time, an instance, inning (baseball), round, game, episode, chapter, instalment, Hui (people), Islam
  • 回忌 【カイキ】 death anniversary, anniversary of a person's death
  • 初回 【ショカイ】 first time, first innings, initial attempt, first, initial
  • 奪回 【ダッカイ】 recovery, rescue, recapture
  • 回向 【エコウ】 memorial service, prayers for the repose of the soul, transfer of merit
  • 回向偈 【エコウゲ】 closing recital that transfers the merit of the service to a buddha, a bodhisattva, or the dead

Kun reading compounds

  • 回る 【まわる】 to turn, to rotate, to revolve, to spin, to go around, to circle, to revolve around, to orbit, to make the rounds (of), to go around (several places), to travel around, to make a tour of, to patrol, to go by way of, to go via, to stop by (on the way), to take a roundabout route, to make a detour, to move around (to another place or position), to come around, to go over (e.g. to the opposing side), to come around (of one's turn), to be passed around (of a cup, circular, etc.), to function, to work well, to spread, to extend (to; e.g. of one's attention), to reach, to take effect (of alcohol, poison, etc.), to pass (a time), to turn (e.g. 5 o'clock), to earn interest, to ... around, to ... about
  • 回す 【まわす】 to turn, to rotate, to spin, to twist, to gyrate, to pass around, to send around, to hand around, to circulate, to move (someone or something to where its needed), to send, to bring, to transfer, to forward, to direct, to submit, to turn (to a new use), to use (for something else), to turn on (something that turns or has a rotating part, e.g. a washing machine), to start up (e.g. an engine), to give (something) a spin, to put (someone in a position), to make (e.g. an enemy of), to ... around (e.g. chase, fool, play), to do all over, to do everywhere, to do completely, to surround (something) with, to enclose with, to put (an arm) around (e.g. someone's waist), to reach around, to invest (money), to lend, to dial (a telephone number), to gang-rape, to operate (e.g. business, shop)
  • 回る 【もとおる】 to wander around


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • girar
  • volver al principio
  • evitar
  • vez
  • dar vueltas
  • rodar


  • -vêzes
  • redondo
  • jogo
  • revolver
  • sufixo para contagem de para ocorrências
  • girar


  • tourner
  • fois
  • rond
  • manche (jeu)
  • tour
  • révolution
  • récurrence
  • compteur de fois
168 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
92 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
86 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
64 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1028 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
571 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
141 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
309 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.4 Japanese for Busy People
90 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
90 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
162 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
338 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3793 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1937 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2630 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
593 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
4690 Morohashi
3055 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
941 New Nelson (John Haig)
586 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
630 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
421 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
118 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3777 2001 Kanji
3s3.1 The Kanji Dictionary
3-3-3 SKIP code
6060.0 Four corner code
1-18-83 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
56de Unicode hex code