5 strokes
turban, scarf
linen, cloth, spread, distribute
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
877 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 布 【ヌノ】 cloth, fabric, material, textile, bujian (spade-shaped bronze coin of ancient China)
  • 布教 【フキョウ】 propagation (e.g. a religion), proselytizing, missionary work
  • 麻布 【アサヌノ】 hemp cloth, linen
  • 公布 【コウフ】 official proclamation, announcement, promulgation (e.g. of regulations)
  • 布衣 【ホイ】 linen kariginu, plain kariginu (Edo period), commoner
  • 布衣始 【ホウイハジメ】 ceremony in which an abdicated emperor puts on informal court clothes (i.e. a kariginu and eboshi) for the first time

Kun reading compounds

  • 布 【ぬの】 cloth, fabric, material, textile, bujian (spade-shaped bronze coin of ancient China)
  • 布地 【ぬのじ】 cloth, fabric
  • 麻布 【あさぬの】 hemp cloth, linen
  • 磨き布 【みがきぬの】 polishing cloth
  • 敷く 【しく】 to spread out, to lay out, to cover, to lay (e.g. railway tracks), to sit on, to take a position, to impose widely (e.g. over a city)
  • 布地 【ぬのじ】 cloth, fabric
  • ボロ布 【ぼろきれ】 old cloth, rag


Japanese names:
う、 の、 ほ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • paño
  • tela
  • difusión


  • Linho
  • pano


  • linge
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3-2-3 SKIP code
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