11 strokes
counter for bows & stringed instruments, stretch, spread, put up (tent)
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N1
403 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 張 【チョウ】 Chinese "Extended Net" constellation (one of the 28 mansions), counter for objects with stretched strings (i.e. bows, kotos), curtains, papers, etc.
  • 張本人 【チョウホンニン】 originator, ringleader, perpetrator, main culprit, person responsible
  • 海外出張 【カイガイシュッチョウ】 overseas business trip
  • 伸長 【シンチョウ】 expansion, extension, elongation, stretching

Kun reading compounds

  • 張る 【はる】 to stick, to paste, to affix, to stretch, to spread, to strain, to tighten, to put up (tent), to form (e.g. ice on a pond), to fill, to swell, to stick out, to put, to slap, to post (a link, etc. online), to be expensive, to keep a watch on, to be on the lookout, to become one tile away from completion, to span, to generate


Japanese names:
はり、 わり
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • expansión
  • ensanchamiento
  • exageración
  • ensanchar
  • hinchar
  • desplegar


  • alongar
  • sufixo para contagem de para arcos & instrumentos de corda
  • esticar
  • espalhar
  • erguer (tenda)


  • allonger
  • étirer
  • étaler
  • compteur d'arcs et instruments à cordes
  • monter (tente)
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1570 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
681 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
516 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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1106 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1158 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1185 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
612 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
573 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
348 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
431 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1940 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
9812 Morohashi
474 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1694 New Nelson (John Haig)
1921 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2071 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
744 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3565 2001 Kanji
3h8.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-8 SKIP code
1123.2 Four corner code
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