14 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
performance, act, play, render, stage
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
267 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 演技 【エンギ】 acting, performance
  • 演歌 【エンカ】 enka, traditional-style Japanese popular ballad, troubadour
  • 共演 【キョウエン】 appearing together (in a film, play, etc.), performing together (at a concert, etc.), acting together, co-starring, playing together (in a sports match)
  • 再演 【サイエン】 another showing (of a play), playing the same role again (i.e. of an actor), recapitulation


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • expresar
  • realizar
  • llevar a cabo
  • poner en práctica
  • representar


  • performance
  • ato
  • jogo
  • fazer
  • estágio


  • interpréter
  • représentation
  • jouer
  • numéro
  • réciter
  • mettre en scène
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