8 strokes
sun, day
once upon a time, antiquity, old times
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
1197 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 昔時 【セキジ】 old times, former times
  • 昔日 【セキジツ】 old days
  • 今昔 【コンジャク】 past and present
  • 往昔 【オウセキ】 ancient times

Kun reading compounds

  • 昔 【むかし】 the old days, the past, former times, a long time ago, the past ten years, the past decade
  • 昔話 【むかしばなし】 old tale, folk tale, legend, reminiscence
  • 一昔 【ひとむかし】 an age (ago), a long time (ago), a decade (ago)
  • 遥か昔 【はるかむかし】 long ago


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
xi2, xi1
seog, chag


  • antiguamente
  • antigüedad
  • viejos tiempos
  • tiempo atrás


  • Era uma vez
  • antiquidade
  • tempos antigos


  • autrefois
  • antiquité
  • il était une fois
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1481 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1200 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2108 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
988 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
598 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
699 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
764 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
778 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
428 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
970 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3086 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1574 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2153 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1192 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
13816 Morohashi
2432 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2433 New Nelson (John Haig)
1184 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1268 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
306 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1978 2001 Kanji
3k5.28 The Kanji Dictionary
2-4-4 SKIP code
4460.1 Four corner code
1-32-46 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6614 Unicode hex code