7 strokes
red, naked
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N4
584 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 赤軍 【セキグン】 Red Army (Soviet Union, 1918-1946), Workers' and Peasants' Red Army, Japanese Red Army, JRA
  • 赤外線 【セキガイセン】 infrared rays, infrared radiation
  • 七赤 【シチセキ】 seventh of nine traditional astrological signs (corresponding to Venus and west)
  • 日赤 【ニッセキ】 Japanese Red Cross Society (abbr), Nisseki
  • 赤銅 【シャクドウ】 shakudo, gold-copper alloy, often with a blue patina
  • 赤銅色 【シャクドウイロ】 brown, tan

Kun reading compounds

  • 赤 【あか】 red, crimson, scarlet, red-containing colour (e.g. brown, pink, orange), Red (i.e. communist), red light (traffic), red ink (i.e. in finance or proof-reading), (in) the red, complete, total, perfect, obvious, copper, red 5-point card
  • 銅 【どう】 copper (Cu), bronze (medal)
  • 紅赤 【べにあか】 beniaka, variety of sweet potato with red skin and sweet yellow flesh; product of the Kawagoe region, bright red tinged with yellow
  • 真赤 【まあか】 bright red, deep red
  • 赤い 【あかい】 red, crimson, scarlet, vermilion, Red, communist
  • 赤色 【あかいろ】 red, red color (colour), communism, the left
  • 赤らむ 【あからむ】 to become red, to redden, to blush
  • 赤らめる 【あからめる】 to blush, to redden


Japanese names:
あ、 あこ、 あま
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • rojo
  • enrojecer
  • enrojecerse
  • sonrojarse


  • vermelho


  • rouge
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