8 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
wish, sense, idea, thought, feeling, desire, attention
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
390 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 念 【ネン】 sense, idea, thought, feeling, desire, concern, attention, care
  • 念願 【ネンガン】 one's heart's desire, one's dearest wish
  • 執念 【シュウネン】 tenacity, persistence, obsession, implacability
  • 通念 【ツウネン】 common idea, common wisdom, generally accepted idea


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • deseo
  • pensamiento
  • sentimiento


  • desejo
  • sentido
  • idéia
  • pensamento
  • sentimento
  • atenção


  • désir
  • souhait
  • sens
  • idée
  • pensée
  • sentiment
  • attention
689 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
590 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
561 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
469 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
424 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
316 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
532 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
670 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
579 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
588 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1117 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
774 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2554 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1304 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1773 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1604 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
10390 Morohashi
2059 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1800 New Nelson (John Haig)
1590 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1715 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
333 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
514 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2858 2001 Kanji
2a6.24 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-6 SKIP code
2-4-4 SKIP code
8033.2 Four corner code
1-39-16 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5ff5 Unicode hex code