13 strokes
eat, food 食 (飠)
decorate, ornament, adorn, embellish
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1193 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 飾緒 【ショクショ】 aiguillette (ornamental braided cord)
  • 服飾 【フクショク】 clothing and accessories, attire
  • 潤色 【ジュンショク】 rhetorical flourishes

Kun reading compounds

  • 飾る 【かざる】 to decorate, to ornament, to adorn, to display, to exhibit, to put on show, to arrange, to mark (e.g. the day with a victory), to adorn (e.g. the front page), to grace (e.g. the cover), to affect (a manner), to keep up (appearances), to embellish, to dress up, to be showy, to be pretentious
  • 飾り 【かざり】 decoration, ornament, trimmings
  • 飾り気 【かざりけ】 affectation, showiness, pretence
  • 蓬莱飾り 【ほうらいかざり】 Kansai New Year decoration (made from food)
  • 松飾り 【まつかざり】 New Year's pine decorations


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • decorar
  • ornamentar
  • adornar
  • embellecer


  • decorar
  • ornamento
  • adornar
  • embelezar


  • décorer
  • orner
  • parer
  • embellir
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1-8-5 SKIP code
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1-30-94 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
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