9 strokes
leather, rawhide
leather, skin, reform, become serious
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
249 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 革命 【カクメイ】 revolution, 58th year of the sexagenary cycle (in Onmyōdō)
  • 革新 【カクシン】 reform, innovation
  • 行革 【ギョウカク】 administrative reform
  • 農地改革 【ノウチカイカク】 agrarian reform

Kun reading compounds

  • 革 【かわ】 leather
  • 革靴 【かわぐつ】 leather shoes, leather boots
  • 藍革 【あいかわ】 indigo-dyed leather
  • 負い革 【おいかわ】 sling (e.g. of a firearm)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ge2, ji2, ji3
hyeog, geug


  • cuero
  • piel
  • reforma
  • cambio


  • couro
  • torna-se sério
  • pele
  • esconder
  • pelêgo


  • cuir
  • peau
  • fourrure
  • devenir sérieux
  • rénovation
  • réforme
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1075 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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1877 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3099 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1582 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2163 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
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42710 Morohashi
2448 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6570 New Nelson (John Haig)
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2041 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
487 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
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