11 strokes
bristle, beard
coloring, paint, makeup
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1251 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 彩色 【サイシキ】 colouring, coloring, colouration, coloration, painting
  • 彩雲 【サイウン】 iridescent clouds, glowing clouds
  • 油彩 【ユサイ】 oil painting
  • 光彩 【コウサイ】 brilliance, splendour, splendor, lustre, luster

Kun reading compounds

  • 彩る 【いろどる】 to colour, to color, to paint, to apply make-up, to decorate, to garnish, to adorn, to add flair


Japanese names:
あや、 さ、 さえ、 つや
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • color
  • coloración
  • colorido
  • colorear


  • colorindo
  • pintura
  • maquilagem


  • colorer
  • peindre
  • maquillage
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1341 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1590 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1660 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1273 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1413 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
932 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
959 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1619 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
616 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2115 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1103 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1502 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1730 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
9992X Morohashi
1681 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1718 New Nelson (John Haig)
1714 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1850 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1429 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2060 2001 Kanji
3j8.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-8-3 SKIP code
2292.2 Four corner code
1-26-44 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5f69 Unicode hex code