12 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
manipulate, rule, administer, conduct, palm of hand
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1757 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 手のひら 【テノヒラ】 palm (of the hand)
  • 掌握 【ショウアク】 grasping, seizing, holding, commanding, having control over
  • 合掌 【ガッショウ】 pressing one's hands together in prayer, triangular frame of a thatched roof, yours sincerely, yours truly, sincerely yours
  • 鞅掌 【オウショウ】 being busy with

Kun reading compounds

  • 手のひら 【てのひら】 palm (of the hand)
  • 手のひら返し 【てのひらがえし】 sudden reversal (of behavior, opinion, attitude, etc.), about-face, flip-flop
  • 手のひら 【てのひら】 palm (of the hand)
  • 掌の玉 【たなごころのたま】 apple of one's eye


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • manipular
  • controlar
  • palma de la mano


  • manipular
  • regra
  • administrar
  • conduta
  • palma de mão


  • paume
  • manipuler
  • administrer
  • diriger
  • gouverner
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