12 strokes
sun, day
daybreak, dawn, in the event
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1924 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 暁星 【ギョウセイ】 morning star, Venus, rarity
  • 暁鴉 【ギョウア】 crow cawing in the morning, crows crying in the morning
  • 早暁 【ソウギョウ】 daybreak, dawn
  • 通暁 【ツウギョウ】 well versed, thorough knowledge
  • 払暁 【フツギョウ】 dawn, daybreak
  • 寒暁 【カンギョウ】 cold winter dawn

Kun reading compounds

  • 暁 【あかつき】 dawn, daybreak, event (e.g. "in the event of ..."), occasion, occurrence
  • 暁起き 【あかつきおき】 waking up just before daybreak


Japanese names:
あき、 あきら、 あけ、 さと、 さとる、 てる
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • aurora
  • madrugada
  • amanecer


  • aurora
  • amanhecer
  • no evento


  • point du jour
  • aube
  • au cas où
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1-4-8 SKIP code
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