9 strokes
long stride
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N4
300 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 建国 【ケンコク】 founding of a nation
  • 建議 【ケンギ】 proposition, motion, proposal, suggestion
  • 経営再建 【ケイエイサイケン】 management reorganization, management reorganisation
  • 財政再建 【ザイセイサイケン】 finance reform, fiscal reconstruction
  • 建立 【コンリュウ】 (act of) building (temple, monument, etc.), erection
  • 再建 【サイコン】 (temple or shrine) rebuilding

Kun reading compounds

  • 建てる 【たてる】 to build, to construct
  • 建て 【たて】 contract, commitment
  • 建前 【たてまえ】 face, official stance, public position or attitude (as opposed to private thoughts), ceremony for the erection of the framework of a house
  • 建つ 【たつ】 to be erected, to be built


Japanese names:
たけ、 たつ、 たて
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • construir
  • edificar
  • levantarse
  • ser construido


  • Construção


  • construire
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892 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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