18 strokes
west 西 (襾, 覀)
capsize, cover, shade, mantle, be ruined
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1378 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 覆 【フク】 concealment (of one's vices), veil, cover, overturning, toppling
  • 覆面 【フクメン】 mask, veil, disguise, anonymous, unmarked, incognito
  • 被覆 【ヒフク】 coating, covering, cover
  • 傾覆 【ケイフク】 turning upside down

Kun reading compounds

  • 覆う 【おおう】 to cover, to hide, to conceal, to wrap, to disguise
  • 覆す 【くつがえす】 to overturn, to capsize, to upset, to overthrow (government etc.), to reverse (decision etc.), to disprove (an established theory etc.), to overrule
  • 覆る 【くつがえる】 to topple over, to be overturned, to capsize, to be overruled, to be reversed, to be discredited


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
bog, bu


  • volcar
  • tumbar
  • volver
  • cubrir


  • emborcar
  • capa
  • matiz
  • manto
  • arruinar-se


  • recouvrir
  • chavirer
  • store
  • manteau
  • être ruiné
1765 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1634 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4279 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1699 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1735 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1634 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1744 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1686 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1640 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3386 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1747 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2376 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1625 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
34789P Morohashi
2726 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5517 New Nelson (John Haig)
1611 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1738 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1906 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3267 2001 Kanji
4c14.6 The Kanji Dictionary
2-6-12 SKIP code
1024.7 Four corner code
1-42-04 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8986 Unicode hex code