7 strokes
bureau, board, office, affair, conclusion, court lady, lady-in-waiting, her apartment
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
286 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 局 【キョク】 bureau, department, office (e.g. post, telephone), broadcasting station (e.g. television, radio), channel, exchange, affair, situation, game (of go, shogi, etc.)
  • 局員 【キョクイン】 clerk, (bureau, post-office) staff
  • 医局 【イキョク】 medical office (esp. in a hospital), doctor's office
  • 開局 【カイキョク】 opening (of a broadcasting station, post office, bureau, etc.), establishment

Kun reading compounds

  • 局 【つぼね】 court lady (Heian period), lady-in-waiting, separate room in a palace (esp. for a lady; Heian period), room for a very low class prostitute, very low class prostitute
  • 局女郎 【つぼねじょろう】 prostitute of the lowest class (Edo period)
  • 御局 【おつぼね】 court lady with her own private chamber or office, low-class prostitute (Edo period)
  • お局 【おつぼね】 senior female worker who supervises junior employees in a domineering fashion


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • oficina
  • departamento


  • junta
  • escritório
  • caso
  • conclusão
  • dama da corte
  • amante
  • apartamento dela


  • local
  • pièce
  • bureau
  • affaire
  • conclusion
  • dame de cour
  • dame d'honneur
  • son appartement à elle
194 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
280 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
262 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
194 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1384 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
422 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
482 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
514 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
170 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
170 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
228 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
524 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3800 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1943 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2636 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1075 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
7653 Morohashi
3063 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1412 New Nelson (John Haig)
1066 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1147 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
228 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
279 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3749 2001 Kanji
3r4.4 The Kanji Dictionary
3-3-4 SKIP code
3-4-3 SKIP code
7722.7 Four corner code
1-22-41 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5c40 Unicode hex code