3 strokes
craft, construction, katakana e radical (no. 48)
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
299 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 工 【コウ】 (factory) worker
  • 工員 【コウイン】 factory worker
  • 起工 【キコウ】 setting to work
  • 商工 【ショウコウ】 commerce and industry
  • 工夫 【クフウ】 devising (a way), contriving, inventing, thinking up, figuring out, coming up with, working out, device, design, idea, plan, invention, dedication to spiritual improvement (esp. through Zen meditation)
  • 工面 【クメン】 contrivance, managing (to raise money), one's financial condition
  • 竹細工 【タケザイク】 bamboo work, bamboo ware
  • 寄せ木細工 【ヨセギザイク】 wooden mosaic work, parquetry, wooden mosaic (e.g. on a piece of furniture), marquetry, marqueterie
  • 具合 【グアイ】 condition, state, health, state (of health), way, manner, circumstance, luck, face, dignity, decency, propriety
  • 工面 【クメン】 contrivance, managing (to raise money), one's financial condition


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • construcción
  • fabricación
  • obrero


  • ofício
  • construção


  • ingénierie
  • industrie
  • construction
  • radical katakana E (no. 48)
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4-3-1 SKIP code
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1-25-09 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
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