12 strokes
elephant, pattern after, imitate, image, shape, sign (of the times)
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
394 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 象 【ショウ】 form, shape, figure, appearance, phenomenon
  • 将棋 【ショウギ】 shogi, Japanese chess
  • 具象 【グショウ】 concreteness, embodiment, expressing concretely
  • 抽象 【チュウショウ】 abstraction
  • 象 【ゾウ】 elephant (Elephantidae spp.)
  • 象牙 【ゾウゲ】 ivory
  • アジア象 【アジアゾウ】 Asian elephant, Indian elephant
  • 海象 【セイウチ】 walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), elephant seal (Mirounga spp.)

Kun reading compounds

  • 象る 【かたどる】 to model (something) on, to be modelled on, to be made in the shape of, to take the shape of, to imitate, to symbolize, to represent


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • imagen
  • imitar
  • forma
  • figura
  • elefante


  • elefante
  • modelar
  • imitar
  • imagem
  • forma
  • sinal (dos tempos)


  • éléphant
  • modèle
  • imiter
  • image
  • forme
  • signe (des temps)
  • phénomène
663 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
540 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
533 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
575 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4472 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
809 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
916 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1761 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
739 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
752 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
939 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1718 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2647 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1350 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1831 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1995 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
36372 Morohashi
2134 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5744 New Nelson (John Haig)
1976 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2130 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
591 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2551 2001 Kanji
2n10.1 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-10 SKIP code
2-6-6 SKIP code
2723.2 Four corner code
1-30-61 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8c61 Unicode hex code