7 strokes
mouth, opening
versify, singing, recital
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1956 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 吟 【ギン】 recitation (of a poem), chanting, singing, composition (of a poem), composed poem, classical Chinese poetry form, stress of sound in noh song
  • 吟味 【ギンミ】 close examination, careful investigation, close inspection, careful selection, inquiry, enquiry, scrutiny, testing, investigation of a crime, inquiry into someone's guilt, winner (of the most rounds, i.e. a full game), reciting and appreciating traditional poetry
  • 愛吟 【アイギン】 love of reciting or singing favourite poems or songs
  • 詠吟 【エイギン】 reciting poetry


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • tararear
  • canturrear
  • gemir
  • quejarse


  • declamar
  • cantar
  • recital


  • versifier
  • réciter
  • récital
  • chant
1182 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1805 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
898 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1043 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1128 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
369 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1250 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1318 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1904 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
299 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
271 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
169 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
203 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1603 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
3330 Morohashi
230 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
740 New Nelson (John Haig)
1589 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1714 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1104 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3760 2001 Kanji
3d4.8 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-4 SKIP code
6802.7 Four corner code
1-22-67 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
541f Unicode hex code