8 strokes
clothes 衣 (衤)
surface, table, chart, diagram
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
77 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 表 【ヒョウ】 table, chart, list, memorial to an emperor
  • 表記 【ヒョウキ】 expression in writing, written representation, notation, transcription, orthography, writing on the surface (e.g. an address on an envelope), inscribing on the face
  • 一覧表 【イチランヒョウ】 list, table, schedule, catalogue, catalog
  • 意表 【イヒョウ】 surprise, something unexpected

Kun reading compounds

  • 表 【おもて】 surface, face (i.e. the visible side of an object), front (of a building, etc.), obverse side (i.e. "head") of a coin, outside, exterior, appearance, public, first half (of an inning), top (of an inning), cover (for tatami mats, etc.), foreground, Omotesenke school of tea ceremony
  • 表裏 【ひょうり】 front and back, inside and outside, two sides, both sides, duplicity, double-dealing, being two-faced
  • 京表 【きょうおもて】 vicinity of Kyoto
  • 中表 【なかおもて】 cloth folded inside out
  • 表す 【あらわす】 to represent, to signify, to stand for, to reveal, to show, to display, to express, to make widely known
  • 現れる 【あらわれる】 to appear, to come in sight, to become visible, to come out, to embody, to materialize, to materialise, to be expressed (e.g. emotions), to become apparent (e.g. trends, effects)
  • 表す 【あらわす】 to represent, to signify, to stand for, to reveal, to show, to display, to express, to make widely known


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • superficie
  • tabla
  • diagrama
  • expresar
  • mostrar


  • superfície
  • tabela
  • gráfico
  • diagrama


  • surface (apparente)
  • face
  • tableau
  • graphique
  • diagramme
309 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
402 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
379 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
124 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
108 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
308 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
879 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
914 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.16 Japanese for Busy People
272 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
272 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
437 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1620 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3083 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1572 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2151 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1560 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
34105 Morohashi
2429 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5422 New Nelson (John Haig)
1546 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1666 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
178 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
311 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1465 2001 Kanji
0a8.6 The Kanji Dictionary
2-4-4 SKIP code
5073.2 Four corner code
1-41-29 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8868 Unicode hex code