11 strokes
moon, month
ambition, full moon, hope, desire, aspire to, expect
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
470 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 望 【モチ】 full moon, 15th day of the lunar month
  • 望遠鏡 【ボウエンキョウ】 telescope
  • 眺望 【チョウボウ】 prospect, view, outlook
  • 太公望 【タイコウボウ】 (avid) angler
  • 本望 【ホンモウ】 long-cherished ambition, satisfaction
  • 宿望 【シュクボウ】 long-cherished desire, one's heart's desire

Kun reading compounds

  • 望む 【のぞむ】 to desire, to want, to wish for, to hope for, to expect (of someone), to hope for, to look forward to, to see, to command (a view of), to overlook
  • 望むところ 【のぞむところ】 what one desires, what one hopes for, suits me well, could ask for nothing better, bring it on, make my day
  • 望 【もち】 full moon, 15th day of the lunar month
  • 望月 【もちづき】 full moon, moon on the 15th day of the month (by the lunar calendar), full moon of the eighth lunar month


Japanese names:
み、 も
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • esperanza
  • deseo
  • aspiración
  • mirar lejos
  • popularidad
  • desear
  • esperar


  • ambição
  • lua cheia
  • esperança
  • desejo
  • aspirar
  • esperar


  • ambition
  • espoir
  • désir
  • aspirer à
  • dominer (vue)
  • contempler
  • pleine lune
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