15 strokes
lack, yawn
delight, joy
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1065 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 歓 【カン】 joy, enjoyment, delight, pleasure
  • 歓喜 【カンキ】 delight, great joy
  • 哀歓 【アイカン】 joys and sorrows, happiness and sadness
  • 交歓 【コウカン】 exchange of courtesies (cordialities), fraternization, fraternisation

Kun reading compounds

  • 喜ぶ 【よろこぶ】 to be delighted, to be glad, to be pleased, to congratulate, to gratefully accept


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • alegría
  • felicidad
  • deleite
  • diversión


  • deleite
  • prazer


  • joie
  • plaisir
  • ravissement
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1126 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2342 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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2362 2001 Kanji
4j11.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-11-4 SKIP code
8728.2 Four corner code
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