9 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
convenience, facility, excrement, feces, letter, chance
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
729 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 便 【ベン】 convenience, service, facility, accommodation, excreta (esp. faeces), excrement, stool
  • 便宜 【ベンギ】 convenience, accommodation, advantage, benefit, expediency
  • 利便 【リベン】 convenience
  • 大便 【ダイベン】 feces, excrement, stool
  • 便 【ビン】 flight (e.g. airline flight), trip (e.g. train trip), service, mail, post, letter, opportunity, chance
  • 便宜 【ベンギ】 convenience, accommodation, advantage, benefit, expediency
  • 穏便 【オンビン】 gentle, peaceable, amicable, quiet, without fuss, simply
  • 増便 【ゾウビン】 increase in the number of flights

Kun reading compounds

  • 便り 【たより】 news, tidings, information, correspondence, letter
  • 便りがないのはよい便り 【たよりがないのはよいたより】 no news is good news


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
bian4, pian2
pyeon, byeon


  • conveniencia
  • excremento
  • noticias
  • correspondencia
  • carta


  • conveniência


  • commodité
  • courrier
  • vol (avion)
  • nouvelles
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