12 strokes
tatami mat, counter for tatami mats, fold, shut up, do away with
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1665 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 畳 【ジョウ】 tatami mat (esp. as a measure of room size, either 1.82 sqm or 1.54 sqm)
  • 畳韻 【ジョウイン】 repeated rhymes (in Chinese poetry), recurring rhymes
  • 重畳 【チョウジョウ】 placed one upon another, piled up, excellent, splendid, superimposition, superposition
  • 山岳重畳 【サンガクチョウジョウ】 mountains rising one above another

Kun reading compounds

  • 畳む 【たたむ】 to fold (clothes, umbrella), to close (a shop, business), to vacate
  • 畳 【たたみ】 tatami mat, Japanese straw floor coverings
  • 畳敷き 【たたみじき】 tatami-matted
  • 琉球畳 【りゅうきゅうたたみ】 Ryūkyū tatami, sturdy and durable tatami that has a facing weaved from Shichito matgrass
  • 置き畳 【おきたたみ】 thin tatami mat that can be placed on flooring


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • tatami
  • contador para tatamis
  • apilar
  • pila
  • montón


  • esteira do tatami
  • sufixo para contagem de esteiras de tatami
  • dobrar
  • calar
  • abolir


  • tatami
  • compteur de tatamis
  • surface : 182 cm x 91 cm
  • replier
  • empiler
  • répété
  • fermer, boucler (maison)
  • terminer
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1138 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1303 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1344 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3205 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1659 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2249 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1801 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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2592 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3763 New Nelson (John Haig)
1784 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1923 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1567 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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