7 strokes
thumb, inch
longevity, congratulations, one's natural life
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
1245 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 寿 【ジュ】 age, years, longevity, long life, congratulation, celebration, congratulatory gift
  • 寿命 【ジュミョウ】 lifespan, life, lifetime, life (of a battery, lightbulb, etc.), service life, end of an object's (useful) life
  • 喜寿 【キジュ】 77th birthday
  • 米寿 【ベイジュ】 88th birthday
  • 寿司 【スシ】 sushi, range of dishes made with vinegared rice combined with fish, vegetables, egg, etc.
  • すき焼き 【スキヤキ】 sukiyaki, thin slices of beef, cooked with various vegetables in a table-top cast-iron pan
  • 恵比寿 【エビス】 Ebisu, god of fishing and commerce
  • 十日戎 【トオカエビス】 Tōka Ebisu, festival held on January 10 in honor of Ebisu, the god of fishing and commerce

Kun reading compounds

  • 寿 【ことぶき】 congratulations, felicitations, best wishes, longevity, long life
  • 寿教室 【ことぶききょうしつ】 culture courses for the aged
  • 新年の寿 【しんねんのことぶき】 New Years greetings
  • 寿く 【ことぶく】 to congratulate, to wish one well
  • 寿ぐ 【ことほぐ】 to congratulate, to wish (someone) well, to celebrate


Japanese names:
かず、 じ、 じゅう、 すっ、 すみ、 とし、 としかつ、 なが、 のぶ、 のり、 ひさ、 ひさし、 やす
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • longevidad
  • felicitaciones


  • longevidade
  • congratulações
  • vida natural


  • longévité
  • félicitations
  • vie
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1550 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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1327 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
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1579 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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1374 New Nelson (John Haig)
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1687 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
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1448 2001 Kanji
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4-7-4 SKIP code
5004.0 Four corner code
5034.0 Four corner code
1-28-87 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
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