17 strokes
fresh, vivid, clear, brilliant, Korea
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
355 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 鮮度 【センド】 (degree of) freshness
  • 鮮魚 【センギョ】 fresh fish
  • 海鮮 【カイセン】 seafood
  • 来鮮 【ライセン】 coming to Korea

Kun reading compounds

  • 鮮やか 【あざやか】 vivid, bright, brilliant, clear, fresh, vibrant, skillful, skilful, adroit, brilliant (performance, goal, etc.), splendid, superb, magnificent, fine


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
xian1, xian3


  • fresco
  • vívido
  • reciente
  • espléndido
  • Corea


  • fresca
  • viva
  • limpa
  • brilhante
  • Coréia


  • frais
  • vif
  • clair
  • brillant
  • Corée
1501 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
833 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
5295 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1350 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1920 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2670 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
701 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
714 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
916 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1932 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2355 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1210 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1656 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
557 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
46133 Morohashi
1877 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6864 New Nelson (John Haig)
551 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
590 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
471 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
1891 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2555 2001 Kanji
11a6.7 The Kanji Dictionary
1-11-6 SKIP code
2835.1 Four corner code
1-33-15 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
9bae Unicode hex code