7 strokes
village, mile
ri, village, parent's home, league
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
1096 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 里 【リ】 Japanese league, ri, old Japanese unit of distance, approx. 3.927 km or 2.44 miles, neighbourhood (under the ritsuryō system; orig. of 50 homes), unit of area (approx. 654 m by 654 m)
  • 俚言 【リゲン】 dialect, language of the common people, colloquial language, slang
  • 万里 【バンリ】 thousands of miles
  • 海里 【カイリ】 nautical mile

Kun reading compounds

  • 里 【さと】 village, hamlet, countryside, country, home (of one's parents, etc.), hometown, one's origins, one's upbringing, one's past
  • 里親 【さとおや】 foster parent, foster parents, (pet) caretaker
  • お里 【おさと】 one's parents' home, one's origins, one's upbringing, one's past
  • 夏山冬里 【なつやまふゆさと】 pasturing cattle in summer and feeding them indoors during winter, rotated grazing


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • ri (unidad de medida)
  • aldea
  • pueblo
  • lugar natal


  • aldeia
  • casa paterna
  • légua


  • hameau
  • village natal
  • maison de ses parents
  • ri (3965 mètres)
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