12 strokes
big, very
heart, interior
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1018 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 奥地 【オクチ】 interior, backwoods, hinterland, back regions
  • 奥義 【オウギ】 secret techniques (of an art or skill), inner mysteries, essence, quintessence, heart
  • 最奥 【サイオウ】 deep inside, innermost place
  • 内奥 【ナイオウ】 inner part, depths

Kun reading compounds

  • 奥 【おく】 inner part, interior, back (of a drawer, one's throat, etc.), depths (e.g. of a forest), recesses (e.g. of a cave), heart, end (of a road, garden, etc.), living quarters (at the back of a house), inner room, recesses (of one's mind), bottom (of one's heart), behind (someone's words), mysteries (of an art)
  • 奥地 【おくち】 interior, backwoods, hinterland, back regions
  • 山奥 【やまおく】 deep in the mountains, mountain recesses
  • 大奥 【おおおく】 inner palace (in Edo Castle), palace's ladies chambers, shogun's harem
  • 奥まる 【おくまる】 to lie deep in, to extend far back


Japanese names:
お、 おお、 おん、 つ、 のく
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
o, ug


  • profundo
  • interior
  • esposa


  • coração
  • interior


  • intérieur
  • coeur
  • fond
  • épouse
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