15 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
snapshot, take pictures
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1023 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 撮影 【サツエイ】 photography (still or motion), photographing, filming, shooting, (video) recording
  • 撮影会 【サツエイカイ】 photography event, photo session, photo shoot
  • 特撮 【トクサツ】 special effects, SFX, tokusatsu (genre of live-action film or television drama that makes heavy use of special effects, e.g. Godzilla)
  • 空撮 【クウサツ】 aerial photography

Kun reading compounds

  • 撮る 【とる】 to take (a photograph), to record (audio or video), to film, to shoot
  • 摘む 【つまむ】 to pinch, to hold (between one's fingers), to pick up (with chopsticks, tweezers, etc.), to pick up and eat, to snack on, to pick out (the main point), to summarize, to sum up, to bewitch, to possess, to fascinate


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
cuo1, zuo3, cuo4


  • recoger
  • tomar fotos


  • instantâneo
  • tirar fotos


  • photographier
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1134 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
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1241 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1383 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1520 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1621 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1267 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
925 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
910 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
514 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
671 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
830 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
12748 Morohashi
737 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2282 New Nelson (John Haig)
822 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
885 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1769 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1367 2001 Kanji
3c12.13 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-12 SKIP code
5604.7 Four corner code
1-27-03 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
64ae Unicode hex code