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

stroke order illustration  
counter for copies of a newspaper or magazine

Bushu (Radical) Info:
邦 (ホウ, くに) – home country; country; Japan
邑 (ユウ, うれ.える, くに, むら, お, おう, おお, おお) – village; rural community; right village
Henshall Mnemonic: clan stands open mouthed in part of village
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #36 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [へや]
    (n) room   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんぶ]
    (n-adv,n-t) all; entire; whole; altogether   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [ぶちょう]
    (n) head of a section or department   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [ぶぶん]
    (n) portion; section; part   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だいぶぶん]
    (n-t) most part; greater part; majority   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [ぶしゅ]
    (n) radical (of a kanji character)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶひん]
    (n) parts; accessories   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がくぶ]
    (n) department of a university; undergraduate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほんぶ]
    (n) headquarters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がいぶ]
    (n) the outside; external   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [ぶ]
    (n,n-suf) department; part; category; counter for copies of a newspaper or magazine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶか]
    (n) subordinate person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ないぶ]
    (adj-no,n) interior; inside; internal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんぶ]
    (n) management; (executive) staff; leaders   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちぶ]
    (n-adv,n) (1) one part; one portion; one section; some; (2) one copy, e.g. of a document   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちぶぶん]
    (n) a part; a portion; a section   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶもん]
    (n) class; group; category; department; field; branch   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいぶ]
    (n) police inspector   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • 西   [せいぶ]
    (n) the west; western part; the West   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しぶ]
    (n) urban areas   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんぶ]
    (n) front part; fore; front   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りがくぶ]
    (n) department of science   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とうぶ]
    (n) the head   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうがくぶ]
    (n) law department; law school   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りこうがくぶ]
    (n) department of science and engineering   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうぶ]
    (n) top part; surface   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうむぶ]
    (n) general affairs department (bureau); executive section   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶい]
    (n) part; position (in a whole, i.e. body)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶいん]
    (n) staff; member   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいぶ]
    (n) details   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうぶ]
    (n) region south and south-west of Tokyo area; center; middle; heart   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶかい]
    (n) section meeting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふくぶ]
    (n) abdomen   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なんぶ]
    (n) southern part   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶきょく]
    (n) department; bureau; section; part   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶしょ]
    (n) one's duty post; one's duty station   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶすう]
    (n) no. of copies; circulation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶぞく]
    (n) tribe; clan; house   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶたい]
    (n) force; unit; corps; echelon; element   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほくぶ]
    (n) north; northern part   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とうぶ]
    (n) eastern part   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しぶ]
    (n) branch; subdivision   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶない]
    (n) the staff; inside the department   [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.