5 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
soup, juice, broth, sap, gravy, pus
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1843 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 汁液 【ジュウエキ】 juice
  • 果汁 【カジュウ】 fruit juice
  • 胆汁 【タンジュウ】 bile, gall

Kun reading compounds

  • 汁 【しる】 juice, sap, soup, broth, (dipping) sauce
  • 汁気 【しるけ】 juice
  • 魚汁 【いしる】 fish sauce made of salted and fermented sardines, mackerel, or squid, a specialty of the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture
  • 藍汁 【あいしる】 mixture of lime and fermented indigo leaves after the indigo dye has precipitated from the leaves (byproduct in the process of creating indigo dye)
  • 汁 【しる】 juice, sap, soup, broth, (dipping) sauce
  • 汁だく 【つゆだく】 soupy, containing more broth or sauce than usual (of gyudon, etc.)
  • お汁 【おつゆ】 broth, soup (esp. miso soup)
  • 蕎麦つゆ 【そばつゆ】 soba dipping sauce


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
jeub, jib


  • sopa
  • jugo
  • caldo
  • salsa


  • sopa
  • suco
  • caldo
  • graxa
  • molho (carne)
  • pus


  • soupe
  • jus
  • bouillon
  • sève
  • pus
1361 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1502 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2485 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1848 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1457 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1794 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1930 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1399 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1157 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
227 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
144 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
173 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
142 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
17104 Morohashi
195 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3035 New Nelson (John Haig)
140 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
150 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1050 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
355 2001 Kanji
3a2.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-2 SKIP code
3410.0 Four corner code
1-29-33 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6c41 Unicode hex code