11 strokes
script, literature
purification, Buddhist food, room, worship, avoid, alike
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1155 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 斎場 【サイジョウ】 funeral hall, ceremony site
  • 斎院 【サイイン】 imperial princess who served as a priestess at Ise
  • 大斎 【タイサイ】 Great Lent, Great Fast
  • 小斎 【ショウサイ】 abstinence (in Catholicism)

Kun reading compounds

  • 斎 【とき】 meals exchanged by parishioners and priests
  • 忌む 【いむ】 to avoid, to refrain from, to shun, to detest
  • 祝う 【いわう】 to celebrate, to congratulate, to observe (a festival), to present (a gift) in celebration, to drink in celebration, to wish for (a happy future, good fortune, etc.), to pray for
  • 斎く 【いつく】 to worship, to enshrine


Japanese names:
いつき、 さえ、 ひとし、 いつ、 きよ、 ただ、 とき、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
jae, ja


  • purificación y culto
  • habitación para aislarse


  • purificação
  • comida de Budistas
  • quarto
  • adorar
  • evitar
  • da mesma forma
  • semelhante


  • purification
  • nourriture bouddhiste
  • pièce
  • adorer
  • éviter
  • semblable
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5425 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1269 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1394 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1454 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1478 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1575 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1781 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1875 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2622 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1340 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1817 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1748 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
13467 Morohashi
2115 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2368 New Nelson (John Haig)
1732 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1869 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1503 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
454 2001 Kanji
2j9.6 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-9 SKIP code
4-11-4 SKIP code
2-4-7 SKIP code
0022.4 Four corner code
1-26-56 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
658e Unicode hex code