10 strokes
grass 艸 (艹)
baggage, shoulder-pole load, bear (a burden), shoulder (a gun), load, cargo, freight
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N2
1230 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 荷 【カ】 counter for loads (that can be carried on one's shoulders)
  • 加担 【カタン】 support, participation, assistance, complicity, conspiracy
  • 集荷 【シュウカ】 collection of cargo (esp. produce, etc.), cargo booking
  • 電荷 【デンカ】 electric charge, charge

Kun reading compounds

  • 荷 【に】 load, baggage, cargo, freight, goods, burden, responsibility
  • 荷台 【にだい】 (truck) load-carrying tray, (bicycle) luggage carrier, roof rack
  • 浮き荷 【うきに】 flotsam
  • 抜き荷 【ぬきに】 pilfered goods


Japanese names:
はす、 り
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
he2, he4


  • bulto
  • carga
  • llevar una cargar
  • contador para bultos
  • equipaje


  • bagagem
  • pau para carregar no ombro
  • carregar (carga)
  • carregar (arma)
  • carga


  • bagages
  • balancier
  • porter (un fardeau)
  • épauler (fusil)
  • cargaison
  • chargement
  • fret
165 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
259 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
239 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1020 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3956 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
255 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
867 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1259 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
391 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
393 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
570 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
655 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2840 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1464 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1972 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1022 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
31000P Morohashi
2282 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5059 New Nelson (John Haig)
1013 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1088 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
351 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1949 2001 Kanji
3k7.10 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-7 SKIP code
3-7-3 SKIP code
4422.1 Four corner code
1-18-57 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8377 Unicode hex code