6 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
creek, inlet, bay
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
704 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 江 【コウ】 large river (esp. the Yangtze), Lake Biwa
  • 江上 【コウジョウ】 (on the) bank of a large river
  • 長江 【チョウコウ】 Yangtze River (China), Changjiang River
  • 揚子江 【ヨウスコウ】 Yangtze River (China)

Kun reading compounds

  • 江 【え】 inlet, bay
  • 縁 【えん】 fate, destiny (esp. as a mysterious force that binds two people together), relationship (e.g. between two people), bond, link, connection, family ties, affinity, opportunity, chance (to meet someone and start a relationship), pratyaya (indirect conditions, as opposed to direct causes), narrow open-air veranda
  • 堀江 【ほりえ】 canal
  • 松江 【まつえ】 Matsue (city in Shimane)


Japanese names:
くん、 とうみ、 み、 りえ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • gran río
  • ensenada
  • bahía


  • riacho
  • pequena baía em lagos
  • baía


  • baie
  • crique
  • anse
  • rivière
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