7 strokes
mouth, opening
blow, breathe, puff, emit, smoke
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
1133 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 吹奏楽 【スイソウガク】 wind music, wind instrument music
  • 推挙 【スイキョ】 recommendation (of a person for a position), nomination
  • 鼓吹 【コスイ】 rousing (courage, morale, etc.), encouragement, advocacy, promotion (of a belief), encouragement, inspiring (someone with an idea)

Kun reading compounds

  • 吹く 【ふく】 to blow (of the wind), to blow (one's breath), to breathe out, to blow on (hot tea, candles, etc.), to puff, to play (a wind instrument), to blow (a whistle, trumpet, etc.), to whistle (a tune), to emit (smoke, fire, etc.), to spout, to spew, to puff out, to sprout, to put forth (buds), to appear (on the surface), to form, to be coated with (powder, rust, etc.), to burst out laughing, to burst into laughter, to brag, to talk big, to smelt, to mint


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
chui1, chui4


  • soplar
  • exhalar
  • respirar


  • sopro
  • respirar
  • emitir
  • fumaça


  • souffler
  • respirer
  • bouffées (fumée)
  • émettre
  • fumer
1452 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
973 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
901 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1095 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
407 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
370 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1255 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1326 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
259 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
300 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
272 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
170 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
204 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
478 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
3373 Morohashi
231 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
747 New Nelson (John Haig)
467 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
506 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1106 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3762 2001 Kanji
3d4.3 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-4 SKIP code
6708.2 Four corner code
1-31-65 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5439 Unicode hex code