5 strokes
wrap, embrace
wrap, pack up, cover, conceal
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
954 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 包 【ホウ】 counter for packaged goods (esp. powdered medicine)
  • 包囲 【ホウイ】 siege, encirclement, envelopment, surrounding, besiegement
  • 内包 【ナイホウ】 connotation, comprehension, intension, inclusion, containment within
  • 閉包 【ヘイホウ】 closure

Kun reading compounds

  • 包む 【つつむ】 to wrap up, to pack, to bundle, to do up, to cover, to envelop, to shroud, to engulf, to conceal (a feeling), to hide, to give (money in an envelope; as a wedding gift, funeral offering, etc.)
  • 包む 【くるむ】 to wrap up (in), to roll up (in), to tuck (up)


Japanese names:
お、 かね
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • envolver
  • empaquetar
  • cubrir


  • movimentar
  • embrulhar
  • capa
  • esconde


  • emballer
  • envelopper
  • recouvrir
  • cacher
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