7 strokes
fire 火 (灬)
disaster, calamity, woe, curse, evil
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N1
976 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 災害 【サイガイ】 calamity, disaster, misfortune
  • 災難 【サイナン】 calamity, misfortune, disaster
  • 労災 【ロウサイ】 work-related injury, work-related illness, work-related death, on-the-job accident, workers' compensation insurance
  • 防災 【ボウサイ】 disaster preparedness, prevention of damage resulting from a natural disaster, protection against disaster

Kun reading compounds

  • 災い 【わざわい】 disaster, calamity, misfortune, trouble, woes
  • 災いする 【わざわいする】 to be one's ruin, to do harm, to cause trouble, to have negative consequences, to bring about a bad outcome


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • desastre
  • calamidad
  • catástrofe


  • desastre
  • calamidade
  • desgraça
  • maldição
  • mau


  • désastre
  • catastrophe
  • calamité
  • malheur
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1510 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1335 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1418 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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1263 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2734 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1400 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1888 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
169 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
18879 Morohashi
2206 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3400 New Nelson (John Haig)
167 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
179 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
667 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2762 2001 Kanji
4d3.3 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-4 SKIP code
2280.9 Four corner code
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