Random Kanji Knowledge: Tokei

Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 時計, which is read as tokei (toh-kay).

時計 means “watch/clock/timepiece.”

時 means things like “time” or “hour.”

計 represents the symbol for “measuring.”

So put together, 時計 could be perceived as “measuring time.”

The stroke order for 時計 is shown below.

Kanji drawing map


Kanji drawing map

Always take note of your 時計. Time is precious. Don’t waste it.


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