10 strokes
turban, scarf
expert, teacher, master, model, exemplar, army (incl. counter), war
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
563 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 師 【シ】 teacher, master, mentor, religious leader, specialist, five-battalion brigade comprising 2500 men (Zhou dynasty Chinese army)
  • 獅子 【シシ】 lion, left-hand (stone) guardian lion-dog at a Shinto shrine
  • 大師 【ダイシ】 great teacher (i.e. a buddha, bodhisattva or high monk, esp. Kobo Daishi)
  • 歯科医師 【シカイシ】 dentist


Japanese names:
のし、 のり、 もろ、 かず、 つかさ、 みつ、 もと
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • maestro
  • profesor
  • experto
  • técnico


  • perito
  • professor
  • mestre
  • exército
  • guerra


  • maître
  • expert
  • professeur
  • exemplaire
  • modèle
  • armée
  • guerre
624 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
720 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
693 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
490 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
113 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
547 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
496 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1130 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
409 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
415 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
967 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
563 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1680 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
892 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1211 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1277 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
8916 Morohashi
1326 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1562 New Nelson (John Haig)
1269 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1361 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
438 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
714 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
844 2001 Kanji
3f7.2 The Kanji Dictionary
1-6-4 SKIP code
2172.7 Four corner code
1-27-53 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5e2b Unicode hex code