6 strokes
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
19 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 自 【ジ】 self-, from ..., this ... (in contrast to some other ...), aforementioned
  • 自転車 【ジテンシャ】 bicycle, bike
  • 出自 【シュツジ】 origin, birthplace, descent, lineage, ancestry, stock
  • 海自 【カイジ】 Maritime Self-Defense Force
  • 自然 【シゼン】 nature, natural, spontaneous, automatic, naturally, spontaneously, automatically
  • 自然科学 【シゼンカガク】 natural science
  • 己がじし 【オノガジシ】 each and every one, individually

Kun reading compounds

  • 自ら 【みずから】 oneself, oneself, for oneself, personally, in person
  • 自ら進んで 【みずからすすんで】 by choice, of one's own free will, on one's own initiative, off one's own bat
  • 自ずから 【おのずから】 naturally, in due course, by itself, of its own accord
  • 自ずから明らか 【おのずからあきらか】 self-evident
  • 自ずと 【おのずと】 naturally, in due course, by itself, of its own accord


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • uno mismo
  • por sí mismo
  • auto-


  • a si próprio


  • soi-même
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