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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 面 (めん) – face
Henshall Mnemonic: mask encloses funny face with big eye
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #186 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • い   [おもしろい]
    (adj) interesting; amusing   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [まじめ]
    (adj-na,n) diligent; serious; honest   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [ばめん]
    (n) scene; setting (e.g. of novel)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひょうめん]
    (n) surface; outside; face; appearance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めん]
    (n,n-suf) face; mug; surface; facial features; mask; face guard; side or facet; corner; page   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めんどう]
    (adj-na,n) trouble; difficulty; care; attention   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [すいめん]
    (n) water's surface   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうめん]
    (n,pref) front; frontage; facade; main   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんめん]
    (n,vs) wash up (one's face); have a wash   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じめん]
    (n) ground; earth's surface   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうめん]
    (n) direction; district; field (e.g., of study)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めんせき]
    (n) area   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めんせつ]
    (n) interview   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [めんどうくさい]
    (adj) bother to do; tiresome   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [いちめん]
    (adv,n) one side; one phase; front page; the other hand; the whole surface   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃめん]
    (n) slope; slanting surface; bevel   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そくめん]
    (n) side; flank; sidelight; lateral   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいめん]
    (n) interview; meeting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だんめん]
    (n) cross-section   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくめん]
    (n,vs) confrontation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふくめん]
    (n) mask; veil; disguise   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • する   [めんする]
    (vs-s) to face on; to look out on to   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めんかい]
    (n) interview   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めんぼく]
    (n) face; honour; reputation; prestige; dignity; credit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [めんもく]
    (n) face; honour; reputation; prestige; dignity; credit   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [かめん]
    (n) (1) mask; (2) disguise   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がめん]
    (n) terminal screen; scene; picture; the field (in TV); photo   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいめん]
    (n) sea level; (surface of) sea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がいめん]
    (n) exterior; surface; outward appearance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がくめん]
    (n) face value; par   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がんめん]
    (n) face (of person)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょくめん]
    (n) checkerboard; aspect; situation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げつめん]
    (n) moon's surface   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくづけめんせき]
    planted area   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しめん]
    (n) space (page)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しめん]
    (n) page of a magazine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃかいめん]
    (n) society or local news page   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうめん]
    (n) grimace; sullen face   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょたいめん]
    (n) first meeting; first interview with   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょめん]
    (n) document; letter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ましょうめん]
    (n) directly opposite; right in front   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ずめん]
    (n) drawing; diagram; plans; blueprint   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まとも]
    (adj-na,n) (uk) the front; honesty; uprightness; direct   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せきめん]
    (n) blush   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんめんき]
    (n) wash basin   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんめんじょ]
    (n) washroom; bathroom   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんめん]
    (n) front part; frontage; facade   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんめん]
    (n) whole surface; entire   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんめんてき]
    (adj-na) all-out; general; over-all; complete; extensive; full-scale   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ためん]
    (n-adv,n-t) the other side; another direction; (on) the other hand   [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.