11 strokes
jade (king) 玉 (王)
present, existing, actual
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
85 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 現 【ゲン】 present (e.g. government, administration), current, existing
  • 現役 【ゲンエキ】 active duty, active service, student taking (university) entrance exams while still enrolled in school, student who passed their university entrance exams on the first try
  • 具現 【グゲン】 incarnation, embodiment, realization, giving concrete form (to)
  • 体現 【タイゲン】 personification, impersonation, embodiment

Kun reading compounds

  • 現れる 【あらわれる】 to appear, to come in sight, to become visible, to come out, to embody, to materialize, to materialise, to be expressed (e.g. emotions), to become apparent (e.g. trends, effects)
  • 表す 【あらわす】 to represent, to signify, to stand for, to reveal, to show, to display, to express, to make widely known
  • 現つ 【うつつ】 reality, consciousness
  • 現責め 【うつつぜめ】 sleep deprivation (as a form of torture)
  • 現つ 【うつつ】 reality, consciousness
  • 現責め 【うつつぜめ】 sleep deprivation (as a form of torture)


Japanese names:
あきら、 きら
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • presente
  • actual
  • real
  • aparecer
  • hacerse visible
  • mostrarse
  • manifestar
  • expresar


  • presente
  • exist6encia
  • realidade


  • le présent
  • existant
  • actuel
  • montrer
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1-4-7 SKIP code
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1-24-29 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
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