7 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
intention, plan, resolve, aspire, motive, hopes, shilling
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N1
823 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 志向 【シコウ】 intention, aim, preference (for), orientation (towards a goal)
  • 志願 【シガン】 aspiration, volunteering, desire, application
  • 遺志 【イシ】 wishes of a deceased person, dying wish
  • 立志 【リッシ】 fixing one's aim in life, deciding one's life goal

Kun reading compounds

  • 志す 【こころざす】 to plan, to intend, to aspire to, to set aims (sights on)
  • 志 【こころざし】 will, resolution, intention, ambition, aim, goal, kindness, goodwill, kind offer, gift (as a token of gratitude)
  • 志ある者は事ついに成る 【こころざしあるものはことついになる】 where there's a will, there's a way, with ambition one can achieve anything
  • お志 【おこころざし】 kindness, courtesy
  • 青雲の志 【せいうんのこころざし】 high (lofty) ambition


Japanese names:
じん、 べ、 べし、 ゆき
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • intención
  • deseo
  • aspiración
  • ambición
  • aspirar
  • desear
  • voluntad


  • intenção
  • plano
  • resolver
  • aspirar
  • motivo
  • esperanças
  • shilling (din.)


  • dessein
  • intention
  • plan
  • motif
  • aspirer à
  • résolution
  • espoirs
  • shilling
623 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
718 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
692 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
622 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1064 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
757 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
527 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
464 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
573 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
582 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
756 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
770 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2725 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1394 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1881 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
607 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
10331 Morohashi
2199 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1785 New Nelson (John Haig)
600 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
645 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
668 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1458 2001 Kanji
3p4.1 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-4 SKIP code
4033.1 Four corner code
1-27-54 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5fd7 Unicode hex code