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


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 色 【ショク】 counter for colours
  • 紫色 【ムラサキイロ】 purple, violet
  • 彩色 【サイシキ】 colouring, coloring, colouration, coloration, painting
  • 色 【シキ】 rupa (form), visible objects (i.e. color and form)
  • 色彩 【シキサイ】 colour, color, hue, tints
  • 彩色 【サイシキ】 colouring, coloring, colouration, coloration, painting
  • 極彩色 【ゴクサイシキ】 richly colored, richly coloured

Kun reading compounds

  • 色 【いろ】 colour, color, hue, tint, tinge, shade, complexion, skin colour, skin color, look (on one's face), expression, appearance, air, feeling, personality, character, tone (of one's voice, etc.), tune, sound, ring, love, lust, sensuality, love affair, lover, paramour, beauty, sexiness, physical appeal, kind, type, variety
  • 色合い 【いろあい】 colouring, coloring, shade (of colour), hue, tone, tinge, tint, flavour, nuance, feel, sense, look
  • 紫色 【むらさきいろ】 purple, violet
  • 橙色 【だいだいいろ】 orange (color, colour)


Japanese names:
しか、 しこ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
se4, shai3


  • color
  • aspecto


  • cor


  • couleur
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241 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
243 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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204 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
204 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
316 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1599 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2522 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1280 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1748 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1769 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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4956 New Nelson (John Haig)
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1890 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
405 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
127 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2556 2001 Kanji
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2-2-4 SKIP code
2771.7 Four corner code
1-31-07 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8272 Unicode hex code