14 strokes
mound, dam (阝 left) 阜 (阝)
hinder, hurt, harm
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
742 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 障害者 【ショウガイシャ】 disabled person, person with a (physical or mental) disability
  • 障害 【ショウガイ】 obstacle, impediment, hindrance, barrier, difficulty, disorder, defect, disability, handicap, impairment, dysfunction, steeplechase, obstacle race, steeplechase (athletics)
  • 安全保障 【アンゼンホショウ】 security guarantee (e.g. military security, network security, etc.)
  • 囲障 【イショウ】 fence (esp. between buildings)

Kun reading compounds

  • 障る 【さわる】 to be harmful to, to hinder, to interfere with, to irritate


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • estorbo
  • impedimento
  • obstáculo
  • obstrucción
  • estorbar
  • impedir
  • obstruir
  • obstaculizar


  • impedir
  • ferido
  • dano


  • gêne
  • faire du mal
913 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
902 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
676 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
5019 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1145 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1880 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
858 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
877 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1028 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
751 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
875 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
504 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
647 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1307 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
41821 Morohashi
715 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6479 New Nelson (John Haig)
1297 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1393 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
976 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3655 2001 Kanji
2d11.2 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-11 SKIP code
7024.6 Four corner code
1-30-67 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
969c Unicode hex code