7 strokes
cart, car
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N5
333 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 車 【シャ】 car, vehicle, van, truck, wagon, lorry, (train) car, carriage
  • 車検 【シャケン】 vehicle inspection
  • 軽自動車 【ケイジドウシャ】 light motor vehicle (up to 660cc and 64bhp), k-car, kei car
  • 台車 【ダイシャ】 platform truck, hand truck, trolley, dolly, cart, truck, bogie

Kun reading compounds

  • 車 【くるま】 car, automobile, vehicle, wheel, castor, caster
  • 車椅子 【くるまいす】 wheelchair
  • 火の車 【ひのくるま】 fiery chariot (that carries the souls of sinners into hell), desperate financial situation, dire straits


Japanese names:
くら、 くろま
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
che1, ju1
cha, geo


  • coche
  • vehículo
  • rueda


  • carro


  • véhicule
  • voiture
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133 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
133 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
62 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1769 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
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286 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
304 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
231 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
64 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1555 2001 Kanji
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