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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 文 (ぶんにょう) – sentence
Henshall Mnemonic: cross is basic form of writing: try to top it
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #190 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [ぶんしょう]
    (n) sentence; article   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくぶん]
    (n) composition; writing   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [ぶん]
    (n) sentence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ろんぶん]
    (n) thesis; essay; treatise; paper   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうもん]
    (n,vs) order; request   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [もんく]
    (n) phrase; complaint   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [もじ]
    (n) letter (of alphabet); character   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [もんじ]
    (n) letter (of alphabet); character   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんめい]
    (n) civilization; culture   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [じんぶんかがく]
    social sciences; humanities   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えいぶん]
    (n) sentence in English   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんげい]
    (n) literature; art and literature; belles-lettres   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんけん]
    (n) literature; books (reference)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんたい]
    (n) literary style   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんぼうぐ]
    (n) stationery   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんみゃく]
    (n) context   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [ふみ]
    (n) letter; writings   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんかざい]
    (n) cultural assets; cultural property   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんご]
    (n) written language; literary language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんぶん]
    (n) the text; original   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わぶん]
    (n) Japanese text; sentence in Japanese   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんしょ]
    (n) document; writing; letter; paperwork; note; records; archives   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [たいしゅうぶんがく]
    popular literature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうぶん]
    (n) text; provisions (act, treaty)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんもん]
    (n) astronomy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんぶん]
    (n) prose   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんもんがく]
    (n) astronomy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひぶん]
    (n) inscription; epitaph; epigraph   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんもんだい]
    (n) astronomical observatory   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふつぶん]
    (n) French; French writing; French literature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じんぶん]
    (n) humanity; civilization; culture   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんぶん]
    (n) preamble; the above statement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かしらもじ]
    (n) initials; first letter of a word   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よこもじ]
    (n) European writing; cross-wise writing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いぶん]
    (n) strange tale; another story; variant (reading); strange report or tale   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんかいさん]
    (n) cultural heritage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんかくんしょう]
    Order of Cultural Merit (award)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうようぶんかざい]
    important national treasure; important cultural property   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんかじん]
    (n) person of culture; cultured person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんかちょう]
    (Japanese) Agency for Cultural Affairs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんかてき]
    (adj-na) cultural   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんか]
    (n) (1) literary course; (2) the arts   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えいぶんがく]
    (n) English literature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんぶん]
    (n) Chinese (classical) literature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんぶん]
    (n) whole passage; full text; whole sentence; full paragraph   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくぶんがく]
    (n) Japanese literature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんがくしゃ]
    (n) literary person   [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.