9 strokes
incense, smell, perfume
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
859 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 香 【コウ】 incense
  • 香水 【コウスイ】 perfume
  • 線香 【センコウ】 incense stick
  • 焼香 【ショウコウ】 burning (offer) incense
  • 香 【キョウ】 lance
  • 香車 【キョウシャ】 lance
  • 異香 【イキョウ】 great fragrance
  • 茴香 【ウイキョウ】 fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Kun reading compounds

  • 香 【か】 smell (esp. a good smell), fragrance, scent, aroma, perfume
  • 香り 【かおり】 aroma, fragrance, scent, smell
  • 腸香 【わたか】 wataka (Ischikauia steenackeri) (freshwater fish of the carp family)
  • 木の香 【きのか】 smell of new wood
  • 香り 【かおり】 aroma, fragrance, scent, smell
  • 香りがする 【かおりがする】 to smell, to smell of, to have a smell
  • 香る 【かおる】 to smell sweet, to be fragrant


Japanese names:
こ、 こお、 ひゃん、 よし


  • incienso
  • perfume
  • fragancia
  • aroma
  • dar olor


  • incenso
  • cheiro
  • perfume


  • senteur
  • encens
  • parfum
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