18 strokes
appear, existing
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1536 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 顕 【ケン】 exposure, clarity, exoteric Buddhism, public Buddhist teachings
  • 顕在 【ケンザイ】 being actual (as opposed to hidden or latent), being apparent, being obvious, being tangible, being revealed
  • 貴顕 【キケン】 distinguished person
  • 丕顕 【ヒケン】 great and brilliant, splendid

Kun reading compounds

  • 明らか 【あきらか】 clear, obvious, evident, plain, definite, bright, light
  • 現れる 【あらわれる】 to appear, to come in sight, to become visible, to come out, to embody, to materialize, to materialise, to be expressed (e.g. emotions), to become apparent (e.g. trends, effects)


Japanese names:
あき、 あきら
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • claro
  • distinguido
  • aclararse
  • aparecer
  • existir


  • aparecer
  • existente


  • apparaître
  • existant
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1682 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
5137 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1245 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1901 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2757 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1170 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1227 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1647 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1894 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2274 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1175 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1605 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1806 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
43609P Morohashi
1806 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6646 New Nelson (John Haig)
1789 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1928 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1911 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3861 2001 Kanji
9a9.5 The Kanji Dictionary
1-9-9 SKIP code
6118.6 Four corner code
1-24-18 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
9855 Unicode hex code