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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

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

JLPT N4 Words

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [ちゅうもん]
    (n,vs) order; request   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶん]
    (n) sentence   [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]
  •   [ろんぶん]
    (n) thesis; essay; treatise; paper   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [えいぶん]
    (n) sentence in English   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じんぶんかがく]
    social sciences; humanities   [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

  •   [げんぶん]
    (n) the text; original   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [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]
  •   [ぶんしょ]
    (n) document; writing; letter; paperwork; note; records; archives   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほんぶん]
    (n) text (of document); body (of letter)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いぶん]
    (n) strange tale; another story; variant (reading); strange report or tale   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちもん]
    (n) something insignificant; one mon (10th sen)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えいぶんがく]
    (n) English literature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よこもじ]
    (n) European writing; cross-wise writing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんぶん]
    (n) Chinese (classical) literature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こぶん]
    (n) ancient writing; classical literature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こぶんしょ]
    (n) ancient documents; archives   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうぶん]
    (n) official document; archives   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうぶんしょ]
    (n) official document; archives   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくぶんがく]
    (n) Japanese literature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんぶん]
    (n) prose   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しぶんしょ]
    (n) private document   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうようぶんかざい]
    important national treasure; important cultural property   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅんぶんがく]
    (n) pure literature; belles-lettres   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょぶん]
    (n) preface; foreword   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こもじ]
    (n) lower case letters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうかいぶん]
    (n) introductory essay   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうぶん]
    (n) text; provisions (act, treaty)   [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]
  •   [ぜんぶん]
    (n) whole passage; full text; whole sentence; full paragraph   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいしゅうぶんがく]
    popular literature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おおもじ]
    (n) (1) upper case letters; large characters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんもん]
    (n) astronomy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんもんがく]
    (n) astronomy   [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.