8 strokes
grass 艸 (艹)
young, if, perhaps, possibly, low number, immature
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N3
458 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 若年 【ジャクネン】 youth
  • 若僧 【ニャクソウ】 young monk, boy monk
  • 老若 【ロウニャク】 young and old, all ages
  • 瞠若 【ドウジャク】 (staring in) astonishment, amazement
  • 若僧 【ニャクソウ】 young monk, boy monk
  • 若道 【ニャクドウ】 homosexuality, pederasty
  • 老若 【ロウニャク】 young and old, all ages
  • 若僧 【ニャクソウ】 young monk, boy monk
  • 若道 【ニャクドウ】 homosexuality, pederasty
  • 般若 【ハンニャ】 prajna (wisdom required to attain enlightenment), hannya, mask of a grinning, horned demoness (represents a woman's rage and jealousy), dreadful face (esp. of a woman driven mad by jealousy), terrifying facial expression
  • 麦般若 【ムギハンニャ】 beer

Kun reading compounds

  • 若い 【わかい】 young, youthful, immature, green, low (number), small
  • 若い頃 【わかいころ】 one's youth, early life, one's early days, one's early years
  • 若し 【もし】 if, in case, supposing
  • 若しかしたら 【もしかしたら】 perhaps, maybe, perchance, by some chance, by any chance
  • 若しくは 【もしくは】 or, otherwise
  • 如し 【ごとし】 like, as if, the same as


Japanese names:
わく、 わこ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ruo4, re3
yag, ya


  • joven
  • algunos
  • posiblemente
  • de otra forma


  • jovem
  • se
  • talvez
  • possivelmente
  • número baixo
  • imaturo


  • jeune
  • si
  • peut-être
  • ou bien
  • petit nombre
  • inexpérimenté
  • immature
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