9 strokes
face 面 (靣)
mask, face, features, surface
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
186 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 面 【メン】 face, mask, face guard, striking the head (in kendo), surface (esp. a geometrical surface), page, aspect, facet, side, chamfer, counter for broad, flat objects, levels or stages, e.g. in a video game
  • 面倒 【メンドウ】 trouble, bother, trouble, difficulty, care, attention
  • 断面 【ダンメン】 section, cross section, profile
  • 対面 【タイメン】 meeting face-to-face, seeing in person, facing (each other), opposing (traffic, etc.), confronting

Kun reading compounds

  • 面 【おもて】 face, surface, mask (esp. a noh or kyogen mask)
  • 面白い 【おもしろい】 interesting, fascinating, intriguing, enthralling, amusing, funny, comical, enjoyable, fun, entertaining, pleasant, agreeable, good, satisfactory, favourable, desirable, encouraging
  • 水の面 【みのも】 surface of the water, face of the water
  • 面 【おもて】 face, surface, mask (esp. a noh or kyogen mask)
  • 面伏せ 【おもてぶせ】 being so embarrassed as to keep one's face down
  • 細面 【ほそおもて】 slender face
  • 面 【つら】 face, mug, surface, cheek meat, cheek, cheeks, surrounding area
  • 面汚し 【つらよごし】 disgrace, shame
  • ふくれっ面 【ふくれっつら】 sulky look (often with puffed cheeks), sullen look, pout, glower
  • 赤面 【あかつら】 red face, villain (in kabuki, jōruri, etc.)


Japanese names:
お、 ずら、 ほおつき、 も
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cara
  • semblante
  • superficie


  • máscara
  • rosto
  • recursos
  • superfície


  • masque
  • face
  • traits
  • surface
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417 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
395 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
165 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
5087 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
321 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1002 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
904 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.16 Japanese for Busy People
274 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
274 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
438 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1876 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2590 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1324 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1796 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1910 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
42618 Morohashi
2087 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6566 New Nelson (John Haig)
1892 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2039 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
117 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
347 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3176 2001 Kanji
3s6.1 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-7 SKIP code
3-5-4 SKIP code
1060.0 Four corner code
1-44-44 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
9762 Unicode hex code