15 strokes
grass 艸 (艹)
storehouse, hide, own, have, possess
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
468 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 蔵 【ゾウ】 possession, ownership, Tibet, Tibetan people
  • 蔵書 【ゾウショ】 collection of books, (personal) library
  • 地蔵 【ジゾウ】 Kshitigarbha (bodhisattva who looks over children, travellers and the underworld), Ksitigarbha, Jizō
  • 内蔵 【ナイゾウ】 internal (e.g. disk), built-in, equipped (with)
  • 秘蔵 【ヒゾウ】 treasuring, cherishing, prizing, holding dear

Kun reading compounds

  • 蔵 【くら】 warehouse, storehouse, cellar, magazine, granary, godown, depository, treasury, elevator
  • 蔵元 【くらもと】 brewery (sake, soy), brewer, warehouse overseer
  • 大蔵 【おおくら】 Ministry of Finance
  • お蔵 【おくら】 shelving (a play, movie, etc.), closing down, cancelling, canceling, shelf (i.e. "on the shelf"), rice storehouse of the Edo shogunate


Japanese names:
くらし、 くらん、 くろう、 さし、 ざ、 ろう
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
cang2, zang4


  • almacén
  • depósito
  • bodega
  • esconder
  • guardar


  • armazém
  • esconder
  • possuir
  • ter


  • entrepôt
  • salle de stockage
  • cacher
  • avoir
  • posséder
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936 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
923 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
429 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4042 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
779 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
873 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2424 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1286 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1360 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1111 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
667 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2995 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1530 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2088 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
858 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
31885P Morohashi
2364 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5182 New Nelson (John Haig)
850 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
913 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
986 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1959 2001 Kanji
3k12.17 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-12 SKIP code
2-3-11 SKIP code
4425.3 Four corner code
1-34-02 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8535 Unicode hex code