5 strokes
jade (king) 玉 (王)
jewel, ball
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N2
737 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 玉 【ギョク】 precious stone (esp. jade), egg (sometimes esp. as a sushi topping), stock or security being traded, product being bought or sold, position (in finance, the amount of a security either owned or owed by an investor or dealer), geisha, time charge for a geisha, king (of the junior player)
  • 玉音 【ギョクオン】 the Emperor's voice, beautiful voice, beautiful sound
  • 珠玉 【シュギョク】 jewel, gem, gem (of a story, essay, etc.), accomplished work, beautiful piece
  • 翠玉 【スイギョク】 emerald

Kun reading compounds

  • 玉 【たま】 ball, sphere, globe, orb, bead (of sweat, dew, etc.), drop, droplet, ball (in sports), pile (of noodles, etc.), bullet, bulb (i.e. a light bulb), lens (of glasses, etc.), bead (of an abacus), ball (i.e. a testicle), gem, jewel (esp. spherical; sometimes used figuratively), pearl, female entertainer (e.g. a geisha), person (when commenting on their nature), character, item, funds or person used as part of a plot, egg, okonomiyaki, coin, precious, beautiful, excellent
  • 卵 【たまご】 eggs, egg, spawn, roe, (hen's) egg, (an expert) in the making, beginning, origin, infancy
  • 埼玉 【さいたま】 Saitama (city, prefecture)
  • 勾玉 【まがたま】 magatama, comma-shaped bead from prehistoric Japan, usually made of jade


Japanese names:
おう、 だん
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • joya
  • esfera
  • bola
  • pelota


  • jóia
  • bola
  • gota


  • bijoux
  • balle
  • boule
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4-5-1 SKIP code
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