8 strokes
religion, sect, denomination, main point, origin, essence
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
997 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 宗 【シュウ】 sect, denomination, tenets (of a religious sect)
  • 宗教 【シュウキョウ】 religion, religious affiliation, belief, faith, creed, religious activity
  • 浄土真宗 【ジョウドシンシュウ】 Jōdo Shinshū (offshoot of the Jōdo sect), True Pure Land School
  • 浄土宗 【ジョウドシュウ】 Pure Land sect (of Buddhism), Jodo (sect)
  • 宗 【ソウ】 origin, source, virtuous ancestor
  • 宗家 【ソウケ】 head of family, originator
  • 大宗 【タイソウ】 leading figure, foundation
  • 皇宗 【コウソウ】 imperial ancestors

Kun reading compounds

  • 旨 【むね】 principle, aim, main purpose, central part, pillar, purport, gist, drift, meaning, instructions, orders, intention, wishes
  • 正宗 【まさむね】 famous sword, sword blade by Masamune, sake, Japanese rice wine, brand of sake from Nada region during Tenpō era (1830-1844)
  • 独眼竜政宗 【どくがんりゅうまさむね】 Dokuganryū Masamune (NHK Taiga drama, 1987)


Japanese names:
かず、 し、 そ、 そお、 たか、 とし、 のり、 ひろ、 むな、 もと、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • enseñanzas religiosas
  • fundamento
  • origen


  • religião
  • seita
  • denominação
  • ponto principal
  • origem
  • essência


  • religion
  • secte
  • confession
  • point principal
  • origine
  • essence
805 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
899 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
889 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1023 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1294 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
248 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1206 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
679 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
616 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
626 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
816 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
471 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2769 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1419 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1915 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1109 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
7106 Morohashi
2228 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1321 New Nelson (John Haig)
1100 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1181 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
865 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
741 2001 Kanji
3m5.1 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-5 SKIP code
3090.1 Four corner code
1-29-01 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5b97 Unicode hex code