4 strokes
Jouyou kanji
Taught in 1st grade
JLPT exam level N4

sentence, literature, style, art, decoration, figures, plan, literary radical (no. 67)

  • letter
  • figure ②twill weave ③style (of writing) ④design
  • sentence ②composition ③the literary arts (as opposed to the military arts) ④statement
  • (family) crest ②pattern ③playing card suit (in karuta)
  • かざり

Main Radical


Reading Commonality

ブン 44.7%
モン 37.5%
ふみ 1.0%

Character Breakdown

sentence, literature, style
ブン モン も (1st, N4)
kettle lid radical (no. 8)
トウ (Kentei 1)
mow, cut grass, subdue
ガイ ゲ おさ.める (Kentei 1)

Contained In

Common Words

complaint ②phrase
letter (of alphabet) ②writing
civilization ②Bunmei era (1469.4.28-1487.7.20)
order (for an item) ②request
culture ②Bunka era (1804.2.11-1818.4.22)
literally ②literal
writing ②sentence
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Unicode hex code 6587
JIS X 0208 1-42-24
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Tuttle Dictionary Descriptor Code 2j2.4
Four corner code 0040.0
De Roo Code 466