9 strokes
design, pattern, build, nature, character, handle, crank, grip, knob, shaft
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1140 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 柄節 【ヘイセツ】 scape (of an insect)
  • 政柄 【セイヘイ】 political power
  • 羽柄 【ウヘイ】 calamus, quill

Kun reading compounds

  • 柄 【がら】 pattern, design, body build, figure, physique, essential qualities, character, nature, appropriate to, fitting of, suitable for
  • ガラが悪い 【ガラがわるい】 ill-bred, vulgar, boorish
  • 土地柄 【とちがら】 nature of the locality, character of a place, local colour, local color
  • 役柄 【やくがら】 role
  • 柄 【え】 handle, grip, stalk (of a mushroom, leaf, etc.)
  • 柄鏡 【えかがみ】 traditional mirror with a handle, popular since the Muromachi period
  • 長柄 【ながえ】 long handle, long-handled spear, long shaft
  • 柄 【つか】 hilt (of a sword), haft (of a dagger), handle, handgrip
  • 柄頭 【つかがしら】 pommel
  • 鎌柄 【かまつか】 pike gudgeon (Pseudogobio esocinus), Oriental photinia (Photinia villosa), Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis), Joseph's coat (Amaranthus tricolor), tampala, sickle handle


Japanese names:
から、 ら
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • asa
  • agarradera
  • diseño
  • patrón
  • dibujo
  • figura


  • projeto
  • modelo
  • construção
  • natureza
  • cabo
  • manivela
  • maçaneta
  • puxador


  • dessin
  • motif
  • construire
  • nature
  • manche
  • poignée
  • bouton
  • manivelle
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