14 strokes
mound, dam (阝 left) 阜 (阝)
occasion, side, edge, verge, dangerous, adventurous, indecent, time, when
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
183 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 際 【サイ】 occasion, time, circumstances, (in) case (of), when
  • 際会 【サイカイ】 meeting, facing, confronting
  • 学際 【ガクサイ】 interdisciplinary
  • 援助交際 【エンジョコウサイ】 paid dating (esp. with an underage girl; oft. involving selling of sex), compensated dating

Kun reading compounds

  • 際 【きわ】 edge, brink, verge, side, time, moment of
  • 際立つ 【きわだつ】 to be prominent, to be conspicuous, to stand out, to be outstanding, to be remarkable, to be striking, to be notable
  • 今際の際 【いまわのきわ】 verge of death, dying moments


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • límite
  • frontera
  • asociación
  • unión
  • ocasión


  • ocasião
  • lado
  • margem
  • limite
  • indecente
  • ousado
  • perigoso
  • vez
  • quando


  • occasion
  • côté
  • accotement
  • bord
  • dangereux
  • aventureux
  • indécent
  • temps
  • quand
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