9 strokes
behind, back, later
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N5
26 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 後 【ゴ】 after
  • 後生大事 【ゴショウダイジ】 with religious zeal, with utmost devotion, take great care of
  • 産後 【サンゴ】 postpartum, after childbirth
  • 越後 【エチゴ】 Echigo (former province located in present-day Niigata Prefecture)
  • 後者 【コウシャ】 the latter
  • 後輩 【コウハイ】 junior (at work, school, etc.), younger people, younger student
  • 向後 【コウゴ】 hereafter
  • 先後 【センゴ】 before and after, earlier and later, order, sequence, occurring almost simultaneously, inversion (of order)

Kun reading compounds

  • 後 【のち】 later, afterwards, future, after one's death, descendant
  • 後に 【のちに】 later on, subsequently, by and by, after a while
  • 後々 【のちのち】 future, distant future
  • この後 【このあと】 after this, henceforth, henceforward, from now on
  • 後ろ 【うしろ】 back, behind, rear
  • 後ろ姿 【うしろすがた】 (a person's) appearance from behind, person as seen from behind, back view, retreating figure
  • 後ろ 【うしろ】 back, behind, rear
  • 後ろ姿 【うしろすがた】 (a person's) appearance from behind, person as seen from behind, back view, retreating figure
  • 後 【あと】 behind, rear, after, later, remainder, the rest, more (e.g. five more minutes), left, also, in addition, descendant, successor, heir, after one's death, past, previous
  • 後回し 【あとまわし】 putting off, postponing
  • 亡き後 【なきあと】 after one's death
  • 後々 【あとあと】 future, distant future
  • 遅れる 【おくれる】 to be late, to be delayed, to fall behind schedule, to be overdue, to fall behind (in a race, one's studies, etc.), to lag behind, to be behind (the times), to be bereaved of, to be preceded by (someone) in death, to be slow (of a clock or watch)


Japanese names:
こし、 し、 しい、 しり
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • después
  • atrás
  • detrás
  • retrasarse


  • atrás
  • costas
  • mais tarde


  • après
  • derrière
  • plus tard
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