9 strokes
big, very
play music, speak to a ruler, complete
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
1067 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 奏 【ソウ】 report to the emperor
  • 奏功 【ソウコウ】 success, achievement, fruition
  • 合奏 【ガッソウ】 ensemble (e.g. orchestra, chamber group, etc.), concert
  • 四重奏 【シジュウソウ】 instrumental quartet

Kun reading compounds

  • 奏でる 【かなでる】 to play an instrument (esp. string instruments), to dance


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • dirigirse al emperador
  • tocar un instrumento
  • completar


  • tocar música
  • audiência
  • completar


  • jouer de la musique
  • concert
  • parler à l'Empereur
  • mener à bien
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918 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
845 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1178 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1643 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1178 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
951 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1544 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1646 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1679 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
418 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3185 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1645 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2233 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1585 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
5915 Morohashi
2577 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1156 New Nelson (John Haig)
1571 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1693 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
890 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1463 2001 Kanji
0a9.17 The Kanji Dictionary
2-5-4 SKIP code
4-9-4 SKIP code
5043.0 Four corner code
1-33-53 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
594f Unicode hex code