7 strokes
spear, halberd
ego, I, selfish, our, oneself
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
829 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 我 【ガ】 obstinacy, atman, the self, the ego
  • 我慢 【ガマン】 endurance, patience, perseverance, bearing (with something), self-control, self-restraint
  • 無我 【ムガ】 selflessness, self-effacement, self-renunciation, anatta, anatman, doctrine that states that humans do not possess souls
  • 小我 【ショウガ】 the self, the ego

Kun reading compounds

  • 我 【われ】 I, me, oneself, you, prefix indicating familiarity or contempt
  • 我々 【われわれ】 we
  • 人は人、我は我 【ひとはひと、われはわれ】 live and let live, you do you and I'll do me, people are people; I am myself
  • 我 【われ】 I, me, oneself, you, prefix indicating familiarity or contempt
  • 我が 【わが】 my, our, one's own


Japanese names:
あ、 あが、 か
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • yo
  • uno mismo
  • ego


  • ego
  • Eu
  • egoísta
  • nosso
  • a si próprio


  • ego
  • je
  • moi
  • égoïste
  • notre
  • soi-même
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