8 strokes
blue 青 (靑)
blue, green
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N4
589 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 青果 【セイカ】 fruits and vegetables, produce
  • 青雲 【セイウン】 blue sky, erudition, detachment from the world, high rank
  • 回青 【カイセイ】 Mohammedan blue (pigment used in porcelain painting)
  • 黛青 【タイセイ】 blackish blue
  • 青面金剛 【ショウメンコンゴウ】 Shōmen Kongō, Blue-Faced Vajra, blue-skinned deity depicted with two, four or six arms; originally associated with esoteric Buddhism, thought to bring sickness; revered as part of kōshin-machi beliefs during the Edo period
  • 青龍 【セイリョウ】 blue dragon (an auspicious creature in Chinese mythology), Azure Dragon (god said to rule over the eastern heavens)
  • 緑青 【ロクショウ】 verdigris, green rust, copper rust
  • 花緑青 【ハナロクショウ】 Paris green, emerald green

Kun reading compounds

  • 青 【あお】 blue, azure, green, green light (traffic), black (horse coat color), blue 5-point card, immature, unripe, young
  • 青梅 【あおうめ】 unripe plum
  • プロシア青 【プロシアあお】 Prussian blue
  • 深青 【ふかあお】 dark blue, deep blue, navy blue
  • 青い 【あおい】 blue, azure, green, pale, gray, grey, unripe, inexperienced
  • 青色 【あおいろ】 blue


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • azul
  • verde
  • pálido


  • verde
  • azul
  • imaturo
  • verde-claro


  • bleu
  • vert
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