4 strokes
direction, person, alternative
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
46 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 方 【ホウ】 direction, way, side, area (in a particular direction), side (of an argument, etc.), one's part, type, category, field (of study, etc.), indicates one side of a comparison, way, method, manner, means, length (of each side of a square)
  • 方言 【ホウゲン】 dialect, provincialism
  • 途方 【トホウ】 way, destination, reason
  • 右方 【ウホウ】 right side, style of Japanese court music

Kun reading compounds

  • 方 【かた】 direction, way, person, lady, gentleman, method of, manner of, way of, care of ..., person in charge of ..., side (e.g. "on my mother's side")
  • 方々 【かたがた】 people, (all) persons, everyone, ladies and gentlemen, you (usu. plural)
  • 親方 【おやかた】 master, boss, chief, foreman, supervisor, stable master, craftsman, artisan, foster parent
  • 出方 【でかた】 attitude, approach, move, theater usher, theatre usher


Japanese names:
から、 な、 なた、 ふさ、 まさ、 みち、 も、 わ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • dirección
  • lado
  • cuadrado
  • método
  • manera
  • persona
  • forma de hacer


  • direção
  • pessoa
  • alternativa


  • direction
  • personne
  • alternative
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2389 New Nelson (John Haig)
490 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
529 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
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102 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
445 2001 Kanji
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2-2-2 SKIP code
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0022.7 Four corner code
1-42-93 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
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