4 strokes
moon, month
month, moon
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N5
23 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 月 【ゲツ】 Monday
  • 月額 【ゲツガク】 monthly amount (sum)
  • 隔月 【カクゲツ】 every second month, every other month
  • 望月 【モチヅキ】 full moon, moon on the 15th day of the month (by the lunar calendar), full moon of the eighth lunar month
  • 月輪 【ゲツリン】 (full) moon, moon when it's round
  • 旧正月 【キュウショウガツ】 lunar New Year (esp. the Chinese New Year)
  • お正月 【オショウガツ】 New Year (esp. first three days), first month of the year, January

Kun reading compounds

  • 月 【つき】 Moon, month, moonlight, (a) moon, natural satellite
  • 月末 【げつまつ】 end of the month
  • 卯月 【うづき】 fourth month of the lunar calendar
  • 祥月 【しょうつき】 month of a person's death


Japanese names:
おと、 がっ、 す、 ずき、 もり
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • mes
  • luna


  • mês
  • lua


  • lune
  • mois
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