9 strokes
sign 示 (礻)
gods, mind, soul
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
347 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 神 【シン】 spirit, psyche, god, deity, divinity, kami
  • 神学 【シンガク】 theology, divinity
  • 鬼神 【キシン】 fierce god
  • 祭神 【サイジン】 enshrined deity
  • 神 【シン】 spirit, psyche, god, deity, divinity, kami
  • 神宮 【ジングウ】 high-status Shinto shrine with connection to imperial family, imperial Shinto shrine
  • 天神 【テンジン】 heavenly god, heavenly gods, spirit of Sugawara no Michizane, Tenmangu shrine (dedicated to Michizane's spirit), pit of a dried plum, dried plum, tenjin hairstyle, prostitute of the second-highest class (Edo period), tuning peg (on a biwa or shamisen)
  • 石神 【シャクジン】 stone which is worshipped, image of a god in stone

Kun reading compounds

  • 神 【かみ】 god, deity, divinity, spirit, kami, incredible, fantastic, amazing, Emperor (of Japan), thunder
  • 神様 【かみさま】 God, god, ace, king, superior person, god (amongst men)
  • 大神 【おおかみ】 god
  • ギ神 【ギかみ】 Greek mythology


Japanese names:
か、 かぐ、 かな、 かも、 くま、 こ、 こは、 だま、 み
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • dios
  • alma


  • Deus
  • mente
  • alma
  • divindade
  • divino


  • divinité
  • esprit
  • âme
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