10 strokes
bamboo 竹 (⺮)
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
913 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 笑気 【ショウキ】 laughing gas, nitrous oxide
  • 笑気麻酔 【ショウキマスイ】 nitrous oxide anesthesia, laughing gas anesthesia
  • 苦笑 【クショウ】 bitter smile, wry smile, strained laugh, sarcastic laugh
  • 冷笑 【レイショウ】 sneer, derision, scornful laugh, cold smile

Kun reading compounds

  • 笑う 【わらう】 to laugh, to smile, to sneer, to ridicule, to be dumbfounded, to be flabbergasted
  • 笑う門には福来る 【わらうかどにはふくきたる】 laugh and grow fat, good fortune and happiness will come to the home of those who smile
  • 笑む 【えむ】 to smile


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • risa
  • sonrisa
  • reír
  • sonreír


  • risada


  • rire
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