16 strokes
entertain, revive, retrieve, interest, pleasure
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N1
734 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 興業 【コウギョウ】 promotion of industry, inauguration of a new industrial enterprise
  • 興行 【コウギョウ】 show, performance, act, entertainment industry, show business
  • 新興 【シンコウ】 rising, developing, emergent, burgeoning, new
  • 再興 【サイコウ】 revival, restoration, resuscitation
  • 興 【キョウ】 interest, entertainment, pleasure, implicit comparison (style of the Shi Jing)
  • 興味 【キョウミ】 interest (in something), curiosity (about something), zest (for)
  • 一興 【イッキョウ】 amusement, fun, brief entertainment
  • 遊興 【ユウキョウ】 merrymaking (esp. wine and women), pleasures

Kun reading compounds

  • 興る 【おこる】 to rise, to flourish
  • 興す 【おこす】 to vitalize (e.g. an industry), to invigorate, to energize, to revive, to promote, to make prosperous, to establish (e.g. a company), to build up, to set up, to launch, to commence


Japanese names:
おき、 おこっ、 とも
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
xing1, xing4


  • popularizarse
  • popularizar
  • interés
  • prosperar
  • poner en marcha
  • promover


  • entreter
  • reviver
  • recuperar
  • interesse
  • prazer


  • intérêt
  • divertir
  • ranimer
  • rétablir (fortune)
  • plaisir
  • prospérer
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