13 strokes
turban, scarf
curtain, bunting, act of play
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
835 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 幕 【マク】 curtain, act (in a play), falling of the curtain, end (of a scene), end, close, case, occasion, role (to play), part, place, makuuchi, top division
  • 幕開け 【マクアケ】 rise of the curtain, opening of a play, beginning (e.g. of an era), start, opening (of a tournament, festival, etc.)
  • 入幕 【ニュウマク】 advancing to the first grade
  • 閉幕 【ヘイマク】 falling of the curtain, (coming to an) end, close
  • 幕末 【バクマツ】 Bakumatsu period, closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate, end of the Edo period
  • 幕府 【バクフ】 shogunate, bakufu, shogun's headquarters, Imperial Guards office, residence of the Imperial Guards commander
  • 帷幕 【イバク】 curtain, field staff headquarters, secret meeting place
  • 倒幕 【トウバク】 overthrow of the shogunate


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cortina
  • telón
  • acto de una obra
  • del gobierno shogun
  • final


  • cortina
  • pano p/ decoração
  • atuar em peças teatrais


  • rideaux
  • guirlande
  • acte (théâtre)
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977 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
836 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4026 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1250 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1252 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1989 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1432 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1521 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1157 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
570 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2937 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1509 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2044 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
416 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
9051X Morohashi
2335 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1578 New Nelson (John Haig)
409 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
437 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
967 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1944 2001 Kanji
3k10.19 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-10 SKIP code
2-10-3 SKIP code
2-7-6 SKIP code
4422.7 Four corner code
1-43-75 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5e55 Unicode hex code