12 strokes
bamboo 竹 (⺮)
muscle, sinew, tendon, fiber, plot, plan, descent
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
744 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 筋 【キン】 muscle
  • 筋肉 【キンニク】 muscle
  • 心筋 【シンキン】 heart muscle, myocardium
  • 鉄筋 【テッキン】 rebar, (iron) reinforcing bar, reinforcing steel, reinforced concrete

Kun reading compounds

  • 筋 【すじ】 muscle, tendon, sinew, vein, artery, fiber, fibre, string, line, stripe, streak, reason, logic, plot, storyline, lineage, descent, school (e.g. of scholarship or arts), aptitude, talent, source (of information, etc.), circle, channel, well-informed person (in a transaction), logical move (in go, shogi, etc.), ninth vertical line, seam on a helmet, gristly fish paste (made of muscle, tendons, skin, etc.), social position, status, on (a river, road, etc.), along, counter for long thin things, counter for roads or blocks when giving directions, street (in Osaka), (Edo period) counter for hundreds of mon (obsolete unit of currency)
  • 筋書き 【すじがき】 synopsis, outline, plot
  • 粗筋 【あらすじ】 outline, summary, argument
  • 売れ筋 【うれすじ】 popular line (of products), best-selling line, hot sellers


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • músculo
  • tendón
  • fibra
  • trama
  • argumento
  • linaje


  • músculo
  • tendão
  • nervo
  • fibra
  • desenho
  • plano
  • descendência


  • muscle
  • tendon
  • fibre
  • veine
  • intrigue
  • lignée
  • raison
854 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
843 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
713 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3395 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1137 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1603 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1090 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1141 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1059 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1476 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3319 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1719 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2337 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
950 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
25994 Morohashi
2678 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4286 New Nelson (John Haig)
941 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1012 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
942 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2345 2001 Kanji
6f6.4 The Kanji Dictionary
2-6-6 SKIP code
8822.7 Four corner code
1-22-58 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7b4b Unicode hex code