13 strokes
contact, touch, feel, hit, proclaim, announce, conflict
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
904 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 触媒 【ショクバイ】 catalyst
  • 触発 【ショクハツ】 detonation by contact, contact detonation, touching off (something), triggering, sparking, provocation, inspiration
  • 鎧袖一触 【ガイシュウイッショク】 (beating someone) hands down, with a single blow
  • 濃厚接触 【ノウコウセッショク】 close contact (with an infected person)

Kun reading compounds

  • 触れる 【ふれる】 to touch, to feel, to touch (with), to experience, to come in contact with, to perceive, to touch on (a subject), to allude to, to refer to, to mention, to bring up, to be in conflict with, to violate (law, copyright, etc.), to infringe, to proclaim, to make known, to spread (e.g. a rumour)
  • 触る 【さわる】 to touch, to feel, to get involved (with), to approach, to be harmful to, to hinder, to interfere with, to irritate
  • 触る 【さわる】 to touch, to feel, to get involved (with), to approach, to be harmful to, to hinder, to interfere with, to irritate
  • 触らぬ神に祟りなし 【さわらぬかみにたたりなし】 let sleeping dogs lie, wake not a sleeping lion, the spirit you do not approach will not curse you


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • tocar
  • percibir
  • mencionar
  • proclamar
  • anunciar


  • contato
  • tocar
  • sentir
  • acesso
  • proclamar
  • anunciar
  • conflito


  • contact
  • toucher
  • sentir
  • frapper
  • proclamer
  • annoncer
  • conflit
1428 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1256 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4305 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
945 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
893 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
874 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
894 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1382 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1652 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1914 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1018 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1376 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1830 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35070 Morohashi
1518 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5547 New Nelson (John Haig)
1813 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1954 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1663 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2571 2001 Kanji
6d7.10 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-6 SKIP code
2523.6 Four corner code
1-31-08 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
89e6 Unicode hex code