9 strokes
grass 艸 (艹)
villa, inn, cottage, feudal manor, solemn, dignified
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1489 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 荘 【ショウ】 manor, villa
  • 荘園 【ショウエン】 manor, demesne
  • 山荘 【サンソウ】 mountain villa, mountain retreat, mountain cottage
  • 山水荘 【サンスイソウ】 The Sansui Inn
  • 荘 【ショウ】 manor, villa
  • 荘園 【ショウエン】 manor, demesne
  • 荘 【チャン】 counter for games of mahjong
  • 荘風牌 【チャンフォンパイ】 tile matching the round wind
  • 半荘 【ハンチャン】 half-game consisting of an east and south round
  • 連チャン 【レンチャン】 repeated events (e.g. meetings, drinking sessions), series of events, streak, straight, dealer continuing as dealer and east after winning, dealer keep


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • majestuoso
  • solemne
  • posada
  • villa


  • palacete
  • pousada
  • casa de campo
  • mansão feudal


  • villa
  • auberge
  • maison de campagne
  • manoir féodal
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1208 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3938 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1058 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1701 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
933 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1327 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1410 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1369 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
653 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2814 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1449 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1954 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
328 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
30890 Morohashi
2262 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5031 New Nelson (John Haig)
322 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
344 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1292 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1972 2001 Kanji
3k6.12 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-6 SKIP code
4411.4 Four corner code
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8358 Unicode hex code