8 strokes
sun, day
rise up
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
826 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 昇給 【ショウキュウ】 salary raise
  • 昇格 【ショウカク】 promotion, raising of status
  • 定昇 【テイショウ】 regular (annual) pay raise
  • 温度上昇 【オンドジョウショウ】 temperature increase, rise in temperature

Kun reading compounds

  • 上る 【のぼる】 to ascend, to go up, to climb, to ascend (as a natural process, e.g. the Sun), to rise, to go to (the capital), to be promoted, to add up to, to advance (in price), to swim up (a river), to sail up, to come up (on the agenda)


Japanese names:
しゅう、 のり
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • elevar
  • levantar
  • alzar


  • ascender


  • s'élever
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