23 strokes
metal, gold 金 (釒)
specimen, take warning from, learn from
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1391 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 鑑賞 【カンショウ】 appreciation (of art, music, poetry, etc.)
  • 監査 【カンサ】 inspection, audit, judgement, judgment
  • 印鑑 【インカン】 stamp, seal
  • 名鑑 【メイカン】 directory, list

Kun reading compounds

  • 鑑みる 【かんがみる】 to take into account, to bear in mind, to consider, to learn from, to take warning from
  • 鑑 【かがみ】 model, pattern, paragon, exemplar
  • 手鑑 【てかがみ】 collection of handwriting (usu. old), model, example
  • 武士の鑑 【ぶしのかがみ】 paragon of knighthood


Japanese names:
あき、 あきら
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • ejemplo
  • modelo
  • sello
  • discernir


  • espécime
  • se precaver
  • aprender o


  • échantillon
  • être mis en garde
  • apprendre de
1117 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1171 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4924 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1310 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1860 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2968 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1664 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1778 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1608 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1836 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2226 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1160 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1580 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1467 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
40988 Morohashi
1773 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6361 New Nelson (John Haig)
1455 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1564 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1945 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2874 2001 Kanji
8a15.2 The Kanji Dictionary
1-8-15 SKIP code
1-8-14 SKIP code
8811.7 Four corner code
1-20-53 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
9451 Unicode hex code