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Random Jōyō (常用漢字) Kanji  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

stroke order illustration  
English:
unusual
change
strange
On-Yomi:
ヘン
Kun-Yomi:
か.わる
か.わり
か.える
Bushu (Radical) Info:
亠 (なべぶた) – lid
夂 (ふゆがしら) – descend
Henshall Mnemonic: change to a sort of red as one sits crosslegged
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 4
Frequency: #238 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [たいへん]
    (adj-na,adv,n) awful; dreadful; terrible; very   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [へん]
    (adj-na,n) change; incident; disturbance; strange; flat (music); odd; peculiar; suspicious-looking; queer; eccentric; funny   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • わる   [かわる]
    (v5r,vi) to change; to be transformed; to vary; to be revised; to be different; to move location   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [へんか]
    (n,vs) change; variation; alteration; mutation; transition; transformation; transfiguration; metamorphosis; variety; diversity; inflection; declension; conjugation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんこう]
    (n,vs) change; modification; alteration   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • わらず   [あいかわらず]
    (adv,n) as ever; as usual; the same   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [いっぺん]
    (n,vs) complete change; about-face   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんかく]
    (n) (1) change; reform; revolution; upheaval; (2) Reformation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんせん]
    (n,vs) change; transition; vicissitudes   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんどう]
    (n,vs) change; fluctuation   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いへん]
    (n) accident; disaster   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • わり   [うつりかわり]
    (n) change (e.g. season)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんこうへん]
    (n) cirrhosis of the liver   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうへん]
    (n) (1) accident; (2) sudden turn   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げきへん]
    (n) sudden change; upheaval   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じへん]
    (n) accident; disaster; incident; uprising; emergency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいへん]
    (n) coup   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちかくへんどう]
    change in earth's crust   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふへん]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) eternal; everlasting; unchangeable; immutable; immovable; constant; permanent; indestructible   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • わった   [かわった]
    another; different; various; particular; unusual; novel; peculiar   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • わらない   [かわらない]
    constant; invariant   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • わり   [かわり]
    (n) change; alteration; difference; strangeness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんい]
    (n) change; alteration; transmutation; mutation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんかきゅう]
    (n) ball with a change of speed (baseball)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんかん]
    (n,vs) change; conversion; transformation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんけい]
    (n,vs) transformation; variation; metamorphosis; modification; deformation; variety; deformity; monster   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんしつ]
    (n) deterioration; degeneration   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんしん]
    (n,vs) metamorphosis; disguise; transformation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんじん]
    (n) eccentric; crank; oddball   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんぞう]
    (n) alteration; defacement; debasement; falsification; forgery   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんそく]
    (adj-na,n) irregularity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんたい]
    (n) transformation; metamorphosis; abnormality; pervert   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんぼう]
    (n,vs) transfiguration   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へんよう]
    (n) changed appearance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • わり   [さまがわり]
    (n) complete change   [K] [D] [Jisho]
Find more details for at jisho.org, Yookoso! or WWWJDIC

Acknowledgments

The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.