10 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
breath, respiration, son, interest (on money), nuture, rest, coming to an end
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
882 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 息 【ソク】 son, interest (on a loan, deposit, etc.)
  • 息子 【ムスコ】 son, penis
  • 鼻息 【ハナイキ】 nasal breathing, breathing through one's nose, person's pleasure, excitement
  • 終息 【シュウソク】 having ended, being resolved

Kun reading compounds

  • 息 【いき】 breath, breathing, tone, mood
  • 息切れ 【いきぎれ】 shortness of breath, panting, puffing, running out of steam (of the economy, a project, etc.), losing momentum, loss of efficiency
  • 鼻息 【はないき】 nasal breathing, breathing through one's nose, person's pleasure, excitement
  • 寝息 【ねいき】 breathing of a sleeping person


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
xi1, xi2


  • respiración
  • aliento
  • hijo
  • interés (en dinero)
  • tono


  • hálito
  • respiração
  • filho
  • juros


  • respirer
  • fils
  • intérêts (prêt)
454 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
351 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
332 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
872 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3844 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
628 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
539 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1224 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1242 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1308 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1118 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
782 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3278 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1693 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2301 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
617 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
10601 Morohashi
2647 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1850 New Nelson (John Haig)
610 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
657 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
359 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
858 2001 Kanji
4k6.17 The Kanji Dictionary
2-6-4 SKIP code
2633.0 Four corner code
1-34-09 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
606f Unicode hex code