8 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
beckon, invite, summon, engage
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
840 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 招請 【ショウセイ】 invitation
  • 招集 【ショウシュウ】 call, summons, convening, convocation

Kun reading compounds

  • 招く 【まねく】 to invite, to ask, to beckon, to wave someone in, to gesture to, to call in, to send for, to summon, to bring on oneself, to cause, to incur, to lead to, to result in


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
cho, gyo


  • invitar
  • convocar


  • aceno
  • convidar
  • encontro
  • empenhar


  • inviter
  • faire signe
  • appeler
  • éveiller (attention)
814 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
735 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
712 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
747 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1882 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
679 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
565 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
3.13 Japanese for Busy People
455 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
462 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
696 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
874 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
374 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
236 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
281 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
657 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
11968 Morohashi
316 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2124 New Nelson (John Haig)
650 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
702 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
687 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1377 2001 Kanji
3c5.22 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-5 SKIP code
5706.2 Four corner code
1-30-23 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
62db Unicode hex code