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Kanji Information Sheet for 番  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

stroke order illustration  
number in a series

Bushu (Radical) Info:
田 (た) – rice field
釆 (のごめ) – dice
Henshall Mnemonic: rice sown in fields by number, in turns
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #348 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [こうばん]
    (n) police box   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちばん]
    (n-adv) (1) best; first; number one; (2) game; round; bout; fall; event (in a meet)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ばんごう]
    (n) number; series of digits   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [ばんぐみ]
    (n) program (e.g. TV)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [じゅんばん]
    (n) turn (in line); order of things   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [るすばん]
    (n,vs) care-taking; caretaker; house-watching   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とうばん]
    (n) being on duty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ばんち]
    (n) house number; address   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [りんばん]
    (n) sequence; turn; rotation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひゃくじゅうきゅうばん]
    ambulance and fire brigade emergency tel. no. (in Japan)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちばんて]
    first player; first worker   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [いちばんのり]
    (n) leader of a charge; first to arrive   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [でばん]
    (n) one's turn   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほんばん]
    (n) the actual performance; without rehearsal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょくばん]
    (n) telephone exchange number   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ばんけん]
    (n) watchdog   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ばんて]
    (n) count   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ばんづけ]
    (n) ranking of entertainers, sumo wrestlers, etc.   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にばん]
    second; number two; runner-up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せばんごう]
    (n) number on player's back   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうはちばん]
    (n) one's favorite stunt; one's hobby; No. 18   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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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.