9 strokes
unusual, change, strange
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
238 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 変 【ヘン】 strange, odd, peculiar, weird, curious, queer, eccentric, funny, suspicious, fishy, unexpected, change, incident, disturbance, disaster, accident, flat
  • 変化 【ヘンカ】 change, variation, alteration, mutation, transition, transformation, transfiguration, metamorphosis, variety, diversity, inflection, declension, conjugation, sidestepping
  • 政変 【セイヘン】 political disturbance, political change, change of government, political upheaval, overthrowing of a government, coup d'état, coup, revolution
  • 異変 【イヘン】 unusual event, strange occurrence, strange phenomenon, something abnormal, change (for the worse), accident, disaster

Kun reading compounds

  • 変わる 【かわる】 to change, to be transformed, to be altered, to vary, to move to, to be different, to be uncommon, to be unusual
  • 変わり 【かわり】 change, alteration, difference, distinction, something wrong, abnormality, unusual event, accident, incident
  • 変わり種 【かわりだね】 something out of the ordinary, variant, variety, exception, novelty, person with an unusual character or background, unique figure, exceptional type, eccentric, oddball
  • 変える 【かえる】 to change, to alter, to transform, to convert, to turn, to vary, to reform, to revise, to amend


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • inusual
  • extraño
  • cambio
  • cambiar
  • alterar
  • modificar


  • raro
  • mudança
  • estranhar


  • insolite
  • étrange
  • changer
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