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

stroke order illustration  
English:
convenience
On-Yomi:
ベン
ビン
Kun-Yomi:
たよ.り
Bushu (Radical) Info:
人 (ひと) – person
化 (カ, ケ, ば.ける, ば.かす, ふ.ける, け.する) – change; take the form of; influence; enchant; delude; -ization
个 (カ , コ, こ, ひ) – counter for articles; individual
Henshall Mnemonic: change of mail man leads to convenient service
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 4
Frequency: #729 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • 便   [べんり]
    (adj-na) convenient; handy; useful   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [ゆうびんきょく]
    (n) post office   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  • 便   [ふべん]
    (adj-na,n) inconvenience; inexpediency; unhandiness   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • 便   [びん]
    (n,n-suf) mail; post; flight (e.g. airline flight); service; opportunity; chance; letter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便り   [たより]
    (n) news; tidings; information; correspondence; letter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [ゆうびん]
    (n) mail; postal service   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • 便   [しょうべん]
    (n) (col) urine; piss; pee   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [ふなびん]
    (n) surface mail (ship)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [べんじょ]
    (n) toilet; lavatory; rest room; latrine; comfort station   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [びんせん]
    (n) writing paper; stationery   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • 便   [だいべん]
    (n) feces; excrement; shit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [べんぎ]
    (adj-na,n) convenience; accommodation; advantage; expedience   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • 便   [おんびん]
    (adj-na,n) gentle; peaceable; quiet   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [こうくうびん]
    (n) (abbr) air mail   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [そくたつびん]
    (abbr) special delivery mail; express delivery post   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [ていきびん]
    (n) regular service   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [びんじょう]
    (n,vs) taking advantage of a ride or an opportunity; taking a ship   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [べんぴ]
    (n) constipation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便さ   [べんりさ]
    (n) convenience; handiness; usefulness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便さん   [ゆうびんやさん]
    postman   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 便   [りべん]
    (adj-na,n) convenience   [K] [D] [Jisho]
Find more details for 便 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.