9 strokes
inter-, mutual, together, each other, minister of state, councillor, aspect, phase, physiognomy
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
45 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 相 【ソウ】 aspect, appearance, look, physiognomy (as an indication of one's fortune), aspect, phase (e.g. solid, liquid and gaseous)
  • 相違 【ソウイ】 difference, discrepancy, variation
  • 実相 【ジッソウ】 reality, real state of affairs, true state of affairs, true form of all things as they are, ultimate reality
  • 世相 【セソウ】 social conditions, phase of life, (sign of) the times, state of society
  • 相 【ショウ】 minister (of a government department)
  • 相伴 【ショウバン】 partaking, participating, taking part in, sharing (something with someone)
  • 厚相 【コウショウ】 Welfare Minister
  • 宰相 【サイショウ】 prime minister, premier, chancellor


Japanese names:
あ、 い、 おう、 さ、 さが、 すけ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
xiang1, xiang4


  • apariencia
  • aspecto
  • fase
  • ministro de estado
  • conjuntamente
  • mutuamente


  • inter-
  • mútuo
  • juntamente
  • mutuamente
  • ministro de estado
  • conselheiro
  • aspecto
  • face
  • fisionomia


  • inter-
  • mutuel
  • ensemble
  • ministre
  • aspect
  • phase
  • physionomie
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146 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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3920 New Nelson (John Haig)
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222 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
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1879 2001 Kanji
4a5.3 The Kanji Dictionary
1-4-5 SKIP code
4690.0 Four corner code
1-33-74 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
76f8 Unicode hex code