8 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
worship, adore, pray to
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
1443 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 拝 【ハイ】 bowing one's head (in respect or worship), worship, respectfully yours
  • 拝啓 【ハイケイ】 Dear (so and so), Dear Sir, Dear Madam, To Whom It May Concern
  • 再拝 【サイハイ】 bowing twice, worshipping again, yours sincerely, sincerely yours
  • 頓首再拝 【トンシュサイハイ】 respectfully yours

Kun reading compounds

  • 拝む 【おがむ】 to assume the posture of praying, to press the palms and fingers of both hands together, to do reverence (e.g. before a statue of the Buddha), to pay one's respects, to beg, to make a supplication, to see (something or someone of high status)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • culto
  • adoración
  • adorar
  • implorar
  • suplicar


  • venerar
  • adorar
  • orar para


  • culte
  • adorer
  • prier
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