11 strokes
bamboo 竹 (⺮)
token, sign, mark, tally, charm
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1798 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 符 【フ】 charm, talisman, amulet, tally, sign, mark, note, fu, unit used in calculation of a hand's score
  • 符号 【フゴウ】 sign, mark, symbol, code, sign (e.g. positive, negative)
  • 意符 【イフ】 part of a kanji for which the role is primarily to represent the meaning (as opposed to the pronunciation)
  • 合い符 【アイフ】 baggage claim tag (at hotels, stations, etc.)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • señal
  • signo
  • talismán


  • símbolo
  • signo
  • marca
  • contagem
  • charme


  • marque
  • signe
  • compte
  • amulette
  • ticket 
1753 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1653 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3383 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
951 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
792 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
3.3 Japanese for Busy People
505 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
514 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
357 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1475 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3299 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1707 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2319 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1010 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
25935 Morohashi
2661 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4270 New Nelson (John Haig)
1001 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1076 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1468 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2348 2001 Kanji
6f5.12 The Kanji Dictionary
2-6-5 SKIP code
8824.3 Four corner code
1-41-68 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7b26 Unicode hex code