6 strokes
woman, female
likeness, like, such as, as if, better, best, equal
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1704 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 如月 【キサラギ】 second month of the lunar calendar
  • 如雨露 【ジョウロ】 watering can, watering pot, sprinkling can
  • 躍如 【ヤクジョ】 vivid, lifelike, graphic
  • 鞠躬如 【キッキュウジョ】 deferential, humble, reverent, respectful
  • 如 【ニョ】 tathata (the ultimate nature of all things)
  • 如実 【ニョジツ】 reality, actuality, actual conditions, true situation, faithful representation, vivid depiction, ultimate reality, absolute truth
  • 一如 【イチニョ】 oneness
  • 形影一如 【ケイエイイチニョ】 being inseparable as a form and its shadow, a person's deed mirrors the good or evil of his mind, husband and wife being never apart

Kun reading compounds

  • 如し 【ごとし】 like, as if, the same as


Japanese names:
き、 ね、 ゆき、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • análogo
  • parecido
  • tal como
  • igual a
  • obedecer


  • semelhança
  • gostar
  • tal como
  • como se
  • melhor
  • igual


  • ressemblance
  • comme
  • comme si
  • mieux
  • meilleur
  • égal
  • similaire
  • paraître
1383 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1521 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1189 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1539 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1184 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
412 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1747 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1870 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1441 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
433 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
239 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
154 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
183 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
101 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
6060 Morohashi
207 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1178 New Nelson (John Haig)
100 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
104 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
337 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
1069 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1777 2001 Kanji
3e3.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-3 SKIP code
4640.0 Four corner code
1-39-01 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5982 Unicode hex code