7 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
consort, accompany, bring with, companion
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
886 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 伴侶 【ハンリョ】 companion, partner, spouse
  • 伴性遺伝 【ハンセイイデン】 sex-linked inheritance
  • 随伴 【ズイハン】 attendance, accompanying, following, adjoint
  • 朴伴 【ボクハン】 Camellia japonica 'Bokuhan' (cultivar of common camellia)
  • 伴奏 【バンソウ】 (musical) accompaniment
  • 伴侶 【ハンリョ】 companion, partner, spouse
  • 相伴 【ショウバン】 partaking, participating, taking part in, sharing (something with someone)
  • お相伴 【オショウバン】 sharing a meal

Kun reading compounds

  • 伴う 【ともなう】 to accompany, to go hand in hand with, to be consequent upon, to be accompanied by, to bring with, to take with, to be involved in


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • seguidor
  • acompañante
  • seguir
  • acompañar


  • consorte
  • acompanhar
  • trazer com
  • companheiro


  • être accompagné
  • amener avec soi
  • compagnon
  • époux / épouse
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