10 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
search, look for, locate
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
592 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 捜索 【ソウサク】 search (esp. for someone or something missing), manhunt, legally authorized search of a person, building, etc.
  • 捜査 【ソウサ】 search (esp. in criminal investigations), investigation, inquiry, enquiry
  • 特捜 【トクソウ】 special investigation
  • 博捜 【ハクソウ】 searching far and wide

Kun reading compounds

  • 探す 【さがす】 to search for, to look for, to hunt for, to seek, to search (a house, pocket, etc.), to search through, to rummage in (e.g. a drawer), to fish around


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • buscar
  • localizar
  • explorar
  • consultar el diccionario


  • Pesquisar
  • esperar
  • localizar


  • chercher
  • rechercher
  • détecter
  • repérer
1516 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
701 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1917 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1432 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
572 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
989 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1026 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1475 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
893 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
516 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
318 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
389 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1129 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
12179P Morohashi
432 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2168 New Nelson (John Haig)
1120 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1201 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1339 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1367 2001 Kanji
3c7.5 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-7 SKIP code
5504.7 Four corner code
1-33-60 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
635c Unicode hex code