13 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
idea, mind, heart, taste, thought, desire, care, liking
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N4
99 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 意 【イ】 feelings, thoughts, meaning
  • 意外 【イガイ】 unexpected, surprising
  • 賛意 【サンイ】 approval, assent
  • 総意 【ソウイ】 consensus, collective will, collective opinion


Japanese names:
もと、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • idea
  • sentimiento
  • razón
  • intención


  • idéia
  • mente
  • coração
  • gosto
  • pensamento
  • desejo
  • atenção


  • idée
  • esprit
  • coeur
  • pensée
  • attention
  • goût
  • désir
155 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
246 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
226 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
118 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
5113 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
225 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
176 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2007 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.19 Japanese for Busy People
132 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
132 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
291 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
791 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2650 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1352 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1834 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
615 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
10921 Morohashi
2136 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1926 New Nelson (John Haig)
608 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
654 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
86 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
416 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
458 2001 Kanji
5b8.2 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-11 SKIP code
2-5-8 SKIP code
0033.6 Four corner code
1-16-53 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
610f Unicode hex code