5 strokes
sign 示 (礻)
show, indicate, point out, express, display
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
237 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 示談 【ジダン】 settlement out of court, private settlement
  • 示威 【ジイ】 demonstration, show of force
  • 内示 【ナイジ】 unofficial announcement
  • 開示 【カイジ】 release (e.g. information), disclosure (legal), show, indication, display
  • 示し 【シメシ】 lesson, discipline, example (e.g. set a bad example), revelation
  • 示唆 【シサ】 suggestion, hint, implication
  • 公示 【コウジ】 public announcement, official notice, edict
  • 内示 【ナイジ】 unofficial announcement

Kun reading compounds

  • 示す 【しめす】 to (take out and) show, to demonstrate, to tell, to exemplify, to make apparent, to point out (finger, clock hand, needle, etc.), to indicate, to show, to represent, to signify, to display
  • 示偏 【しめすへん】 kanji "show" radical at left (radical 113)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
si, gi


  • mostrar
  • enseñar
  • indicar
  • revelar


  • espetáculo
  • indicar
  • apontar
  • expressar
  • mostrar


  • montrer
  • indiquer
  • signaler
  • exprimer
  • exposer
622 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
723 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
695 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
415 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3228 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
575 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
769 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
148 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
615 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
625 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
814 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1413 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2435 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1229 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1694 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1095 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
24623 Morohashi
1936 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4060 New Nelson (John Haig)
1086 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1167 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
465 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
651 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3041 2001 Kanji
4e0.1 The Kanji Dictionary
2-1-4 SKIP code
1090.1 Four corner code
1-28-08 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
793a Unicode hex code