9 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
lively, resuscitation, being helped, living
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N3
171 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 活 【カツ】 living, life, judo art of resuscitation, action, activity
  • 活字 【カツジ】 printing type, movable type, printed text, print
  • 死活 【シカツ】 life and death, life or death
  • 就活 【シュウカツ】 job hunting, job searching

Kun reading compounds

  • 生きる 【いきる】 to live, to exist, to make a living, to subsist, to be in effect, to be in use, to function, to come to life, to be enlivened, to be safe (in baseball, go, etc.)
  • 生かす 【いかす】 to make (the best) use of, to put to good use, to leverage (skills, attributes, experience, etc.), to capitalise on (experience, etc.), to let live, to keep alive, to revive, to resuscitate, to bring back to life, to restore (a deleted passage; in proofreading)
  • 生ける 【いける】 to arrange (flowers), to plant, living, live


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
hwal, gwal


  • vida
  • energía
  • actividad


  • vivo
  • resuscitação
  • existência
  • ser ajudado
  • vida


  • vivant
  • animé
  • résurrection
  • être aidé
174 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
99 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
244 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
203 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2552 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
198 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
681 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
819 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
3.10 Japanese for Busy People
237 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
237 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
517 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1185 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
460 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
285 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
345 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
145 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
17423 Morohashi
385 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3132 New Nelson (John Haig)
143 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
154 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
132 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
172 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
377 2001 Kanji
3a6.16 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-6 SKIP code
3216.4 Four corner code
1-19-72 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6d3b Unicode hex code