16 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
song, sing, ballad, noh chanting
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1580 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 謡曲 【ヨウキョク】 noh song
  • 民謡 【ミンヨウ】 folk song, popular song
  • 歌謡 【カヨウ】 song, ballad

Kun reading compounds

  • 謡 【うたい】 noh chanting, recitation
  • 謡物 【うたいもの】 utai (noh chant) piece for recitation
  • 地謡 【じうたい】 noh chorus
  • 素謡 【すうたい】 bare noh chanting, vocal-only noh theater performance, with no dancing or instruments, unaccompanied utai
  • 歌う 【うたう】 to sing, to sing of (love, beauty, etc.) in a poem, to express in the form of a poem, to recite (a poem)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • canto del teatro Noh
  • canto melódico
  • cantar


  • Canto de teatro noh


  • chanter
  • chant Noh
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