12 strokes
memorize, learn, remember, awake, sober up
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
710 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 覚醒剤 【カクセイザイ】 stimulant (e.g. psychoactive drugs like methamphetamine, ritalin, etc.)
  • 覚悟 【カクゴ】 readiness, (mental) preparedness, resolution, determination, resignation (to one's fate)
  • 視聴覚 【シチョウカク】 senses of seeing and hearing, audiovisual
  • 才覚 【サイカク】 ready wit, quick wits, resourcefulness, talent, acumen, powers, knack, raising (money)

Kun reading compounds

  • 覚える 【おぼえる】 to memorize, to memorise, to commit to memory, to learn by heart, to bear in mind, to remember, to learn, to pick up, to acquire, to feel, to think, to regard
  • 覚ます 【さます】 to awaken, to arouse from sleep, to bring to one's senses, to disabuse (someone of), to sober up, to dampen, to throw a damper on, to spoil
  • 覚める 【さめる】 to wake, to wake up, to become sober, to sober up, to regain consciousness (e.g. after anaesthesia), to come to one's senses, to be disillusioned
  • 悟る 【さとる】 to perceive, to sense, to become aware, to notice, to detect, to discern, to understand, to comprehend, to realize, to attain enlightenment


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
jue2, jiao4
gag, gyo


  • memorizar
  • recordar
  • despertarse
  • comprender
  • aclararse


  • memorizar
  • aprender
  • recordar
  • acordar
  • ficar sóbrio


  • mémoriser
  • se rappeler
  • perception
  • sens
  • réveil
  • dessoûler
363 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
463 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
439 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
896 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4288 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
397 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
889 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1752 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
3.15 Japanese for Busy People
605 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
615 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
208 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1646 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3217 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1668 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2258 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
331 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
34846 Morohashi
2604 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5529 New Nelson (John Haig)
325 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
347 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
581 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
957 2001 Kanji
3n9.3 The Kanji Dictionary
2-5-7 SKIP code
9021.6 Four corner code
3221.6 Four corner code
1-19-48 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
899a Unicode hex code