12 strokes
grass 艸 (艹)
leaf, plane, lobe, needle, blade, spear, counter for flat things, fragment, piece
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
414 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 葉 【ヨウ】 counter for leaves, pieces of paper, etc., counter for boats
  • 葉胃 【ヨウイ】 omasum, psalterium, third compartment of the stomach in ruminants
  • 紅葉 【コウヨウ】 leaves turning red (in autumn), red leaves, autumn colours, fall colors
  • 前頭葉 【ゼントウヨウ】 frontal lobe

Kun reading compounds

  • 葉 【は】 leaf, blade (of grass), (pine) needle
  • 葉書 【はがき】 postcard, memo, note, card
  • 一葉 【いちよう】 one leaf, one page, one sheet, one card, one photo, one boat
  • 枝葉 【えだは】 branches and leaves, foliage, unimportant details, nonessentials, side issue, digression


Japanese names:
よ、 わ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
xie2, ye4, she4
yeob, seob


  • hoja
  • contador de cosas planas
  • follaje


  • folha
  • avião
  • ponta
  • agulha
  • lâmina
  • lança
  • sufixo p/ contagem de coisas chatas


  • feuille
  • lobe
  • aiguille
  • brin (herbe)
  • fragment
  • compteur d'objets plats
327 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
428 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
405 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
405 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4001 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
179 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
870 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1991 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
253 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
253 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
569 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
663 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2912 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1497 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2024 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
233 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
31387P Morohashi
2321 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5129 New Nelson (John Haig)
228 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
243 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
275 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
412 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1964 2001 Kanji
3k9.21 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-9 SKIP code
2-3-8 SKIP code
4490.4 Four corner code
1-45-53 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8449 Unicode hex code