13 strokes
bamboo 竹 (⺮)
node, season, period, occasion, verse, clause, stanza, honor, joint, knuckle, knob, knot, tune, melody
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N1
934 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 節 【セツ】 occasion, time, section (of a literary work or piece of music), passage, paragraph, verse, stanza, clause, season, term, one's principles, integrity, node (of a plant stem), (taxonomical) section, knot (nautical mile per hour)
  • 節減 【セツゲン】 retrenchment, curtailment, economy
  • 結節 【ケッセツ】 knot, nodule, tubercule, node
  • 国慶節 【コッケイセツ】 anniversary of founding (of PRC), national celebration time
  • 節 【セチ】 season, time of the year, seasonal festival, seasonal banquet, seasonal feast
  • 節分 【セツブン】 setsubun, last day of winter in the traditional Japanese calendar (usu. February 3 or 4), day of the bean scattering ceremony, last day of any season (according to the traditional Japanese calendar)

Kun reading compounds

  • 節 【ふし】 joint, knuckle, tune, melody, node (of a plant stem), joint, knot (in wood), knob, (notable) point, part, node
  • 節目 【ふしめ】 turning point, critical juncture, knot (in a tree, etc.)
  • 一節 【ひとふし】 one joint, one section, one tune, one piece, one measure, one piece (of dried bonito)
  • 七節 【ななふし】 walking stick (any insect of order Phasmatodea), walkingstick, stick insect, leaf insect
  • 節 【ノット】 knot (nautical mile per hour)


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
jie2, jie1


  • estación
  • periodo
  • frase
  • unión
  • articulación
  • melodía
  • tono
  • nudo
  • entonación


  • estação
  • período
  • ocasião
  • verso
  • cláusula
  • stanza
  • honra
  • junta
  • nó dos dedos
  • maçaneta
  • canção
  • melodia


  • noeud (vitesse)
  • instant
  • saison
  • période
  • occasion
  • vers (poésie)
  • stance
  • honneur
  • jointure
  • articulation
  • bosse
  • air (musique)
  • mélodie
446 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
552 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
523 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
731 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3402 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
683 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
800 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2215 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
464 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
472 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
699 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1482 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3336 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1729 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2349 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1476 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
26102 Morohashi
2691 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4299 New Nelson (John Haig)
1464 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1574 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
607 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2344 2001 Kanji
6f7.3 The Kanji Dictionary
2-6-7 SKIP code
8872.7 Four corner code
1-32-65 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7bc0 Unicode hex code