11 strokes
silk 糸 (糹)
association, braid, plait, construct, assemble, unite, cooperate, grapple
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N3
204 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 組織 【ソシキ】 organization, organisation, formation, structure, construction, setup, constitution, system (e.g. railroad, transport, party, etc.), tissue, texture (of a rock), weave (of a fabric)
  • 組閣 【ソカク】 formation of a cabinet
  • 労組 【ロウソ】 labor union, labour union, trade union
  • 改組 【カイソ】 reorganization, reorganisation, reshuffle

Kun reading compounds

  • 組む 【くむ】 to cross (legs or arms), to link (arms), to put together, to construct, to assemble, to produce (e.g. TV program), to braid, to plait, to grapple, to wrestle, to unite, to join, to link up, to form an alliance, to set (e.g. type), to issue (e.g. money order)
  • 組 【くみ】 class (of students), group (of people), party, team, crew, lot, bunch, set, crime family, organized-crime syndicate, set (of items), assortment, deck (of cards), pack, typesetting, composition
  • 組合 【くみあい】 association, union, guild
  • 労組 【ろうそ】 labor union, labour union, trade union
  • 死の組 【しのくみ】 group of death, tournament group containing many strong teams


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • grupo
  • equipo
  • juntar
  • unir
  • agrupar


  • associação
  • trança
  • trançart
  • construir
  • montar
  • unir-se
  • cooperar
  • agarrar


  • association
  • tresse
  • natte
  • assembler
  • construire
  • unir
  • coopérer
  • se débattre avec
103 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
178 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
160 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
189 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3520 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
458 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
814 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1952 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
418 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
424 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
635 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1529 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1693 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
904 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1224 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1792 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
27374 Morohashi
1337 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4470 New Nelson (John Haig)
1776 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1914 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
122 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
209 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2773 2001 Kanji
6a5.7 The Kanji Dictionary
1-6-5 SKIP code
2791.0 Four corner code
1-33-40 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7d44 Unicode hex code