10 strokes
moon, month
melodious, clear, bright, serene, cheerful
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
1374 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 朗報 【ロウホウ】 good news, happy news, glad tidings
  • 朗読 【ロウドク】 reading aloud, recitation
  • 晃朗 【コウロウ】 bright and brilliant
  • 融朗 【ユウロウ】 brightness, clearness

Kun reading compounds

  • 朗らか 【ほがらか】 cheerful, merry, sunny, melodious, bright (sky, day, etc.), fine, clear


Japanese names:
あき、 あきら、 お、 さえ、 ろ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • claro
  • sereno
  • melodioso
  • sonoro


  • melódico
  • limpa
  • alegre
  • sereno
  • brilhante


  • radieux
  • brillant
  • clair
  • mélodieux
  • serein
  • joyeux
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995 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1450 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3762 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1610 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1414 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1394 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1754 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1878 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1628 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1006 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1679 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
891 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1210 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1481 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
14362P Morohashi
1325 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4802 New Nelson (John Haig)
1469 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1579 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
917 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
846 2001 Kanji
4b6.11 The Kanji Dictionary
1-6-4 SKIP code
3772.0 Four corner code
1-47-15 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6717 Unicode hex code