7 strokes (also 6)
walk 辵 (辶, ⻌, ⻍)
near, early, akin, tantamount
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
194 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 近畿 【キンキ】 Kinki (region around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara)
  • 近海 【キンカイ】 coastal waters, adjacent seas
  • ごく最近 【ゴクサイキン】 very recently, in the very recent past
  • 至近 【シキン】 very near
  • 近流 【コンル】 banishment (to a nearby province), the least severe of the three banishment punishments under the ritsuryō system

Kun reading compounds

  • 近い 【ちかい】 near, close, short (distance), close (in time), soon, close (relationship), friendly, intimate, closely related, similar, almost the same, close to, nearly
  • 近いうちに 【ちかいうちに】 soon, shortly, before long


Japanese names:
おう、 おお、 この
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cerca
  • cercano


  • perto
  • cedo
  • consangüíneo
  • equivalente


  • près
  • tôt
  • proche
  • équivalent à
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113 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
103 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
127 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4671 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
127 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
259 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
506 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.12 Japanese for Busy People
445 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
452 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
109 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
679 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3798 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1941 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2634 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1136 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
38752P Morohashi
3061 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6021 New Nelson (John Haig)
1129 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1210 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
149 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
140 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2654 2001 Kanji
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3230.2 Four corner code
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