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Han character[edit]

(radical 75 +6, 10 strokes, cangjie input 木火女 (DFV))

  1. cherry, cherry blossom


  • KangXi: not present, would follow page 526, character 21
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 14796
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: not present, would follow volume 2, page 1207, character 5
  • Unihan data for U+685C


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(grade 5 “Kyōiku” kanjishinjitai kanji, kyūjitai form )

  1. a cherry tree
  2. a cherry blossom




cherry wood
cherry bark
cherry blossom pink
桜(桜肉 "cherry meat" (horsemeat)
cherry blossom coin
cherry blossom tea
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cherry blossom suit
Kanji in this term
Grade: 5

From Old Japanese.[1] Derived from verb 咲く ‎(saku, to bloom, to burst open) +‎ ‎(-ra), a nominalizing and pluralizing suffix.



‎(shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji , hiragana さくら, katakana サクラ, romaji sakura)

  1. a cherry tree, more specifically the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata
  2. a cherry blossom
  3. cherry wood
  4. cherry bark
  5. short for 桜色 ‎(sakura iro, a pink color, the color of cherry blossoms)
  6. short for 桜重, 桜襲 ‎(sakuragasane, a layered style of wearing kimono with one layer in the sakura iro color)
  7. short for 桜肉 ‎(sakura niku, horsemeat), from the color
  8. alternate term for 天保一分銀 ‎(Tenpō ichibugin), a rectangular silver coin issued during the 天保 ‎(Tenpō) era (1830-1844), so called for its cherry blossom pattern; worth one-quarter of a ‎(ryō)
  9. in the Kansai region, a class of prostitute in the red-light district
  10. short for 桜湯 ‎(sakura yu, sakura tea)
  11. the suit of cards in a hanafuda deck that show the cherry blossom, representing the month of March
  12. the middle of the dorsal fin of a fish
  13. in theater during the Edo Period, a special box or balcony seat for a hired applauder, someone requested to cheer on the performers
  14. (slang) a shill, capper, or come-on working for a store, auction, or even a swindle, who is paid to attract customers or marks
  15. (slang) a slang or jargon word for ‎(mimi, ear)
  16. short for 佐倉炭 ‎(Sakura-zumi), a high-quality ‎(sumi, charcoal) made in 佐倉 ‎(Sakura, Chiba Prefecture), using as ateji for 佐倉


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Proper noun[edit]

‎(hiragana さくら, romaji Sakura)

  1. A female given name
  2. the name of various cities, districts, and other places around Japan
  3. a piece of ‎(koto) music, often entitled Sakura Sakura in English
  4. a piece of music played at the start of 平曲 ‎(Heikyoku) (a retelling of The Tale of the Heike with 琵琶 ‎(biwa) lute accompaniment)

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  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9