10 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
romance, in love, yearn for, miss, darling
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1296 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 恋愛 【レンアイ】 love, love-making, passion, emotion, affections
  • 恋歌 【コイウタ】 love song, love poem
  • 悲恋 【ヒレン】 blighted love, disappointed love
  • 狂恋 【キョウレン】 mad love, excessive infatuation

Kun reading compounds

  • 恋う 【こう】 to love
  • 恋 【こい】 (romantic) love
  • 恋人 【こいびと】 lover, sweetheart, boyfriend, girlfriend
  • リア恋 【リアこい】 being in love with an idol, actor, etc., fan who is in love with an idol, actor, etc.
  • 片恋 【かたこい】 unrequited love, one-sided love
  • 恋しい 【こいしい】 yearned for, longed for, missed


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • romance
  • amor
  • enamoramiento
  • enamorado
  • querido
  • enamorarse


  • romance
  • apaixonar-se
  • sentir saudades
  • sentir falta


  • chérir
  • amour
  • idylle
  • languir
  • manquer
1931 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1123 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
313 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1012 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
536 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1223 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
258 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
258 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1078 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
784 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2602 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1331 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1804 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1764 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
10537 Morohashi
2098 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1852 New Nelson (John Haig)
1748 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1885 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1333 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
458 2001 Kanji
2j8.2 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-8 SKIP code
2-6-4 SKIP code
0033.3 Four corner code
1-46-88 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
604b Unicode hex code