11 strokes
mound, dam (阝 left) 阜 (阝)
shade, yin, negative, sex organs, secret, shadow
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1393 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 陰 【イン】 (the) negative (e.g. pole), yin (in Chinese divination), hidden place, unseen part, private location
  • 女神 【メガミ】 goddess, female deity
  • 山陰 【ヤマカゲ】 place in the shade of a mountain, shelter of the mountains, mountain recess
  • 外陰 【ガイイン】 vulva, pudenda

Kun reading compounds

  • 陰 【かげ】 shade, shadow, behind (something), other side, back, the background, behind the scenes, behind someone's back, gloom (in someone's expression, nature, etc.), darkness
  • 陰口 【かげぐち】 malicious gossip, backbiting, speaking ill behind someone's back
  • 山陰 【やまかげ】 place in the shade of a mountain, shelter of the mountains, mountain recess
  • 物陰 【ものかげ】 place hidden from view, cover, shelter, hiding place
  • 陰る 【かげる】 to become clouded, to darken, to get dark, to become hidden (behind clouds), to darken (of a face), to worsen, to deteriorate, to become gloomy


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • sombra
  • oscuridad
  • oculto
  • negativo
  • ocultar


  • matiz
  • yin
  • negativa
  • órgões sexuais
  • segredo
  • sombra


  • Yin
  • ombre
  • négatif
  • secret
  • organes sexuels
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1-3-8 SKIP code
7823.1 Four corner code
1-17-02 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
9670 Unicode hex code