8 strokes
warrior, military, chivalry, arms
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
387 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 武 【ブ】 the art of war, martial arts, military arts, military force, the sword, valor, bravery, military officer, military man
  • 武器 【ブキ】 weapon, arms, ordnance, weapon (something used to gain an advantage), asset
  • 文武 【ブンブ】 literary and military arts, the pen and the sword
  • 威武 【イブ】 authority and force
  • 武者 【ムシャ】 warrior
  • 武者修行 【ムシャシュギョウ】 traveling about to gain skill in combat (travelling)
  • 建武 【ケンム】 Kenmu era (of unified Japan; 1334.1.29-1336.2.29), Kenmu era (of the Northern Court; 1336.2.29-1338.8.28)
  • 玄武 【ゲンブ】 Black Tortoise (god said to rule over the northern heavens), seven mansions (Chinese constellations) of the northern heavens

Kun reading compounds

  • 武し 【たけし】 brave
  • 武田薬品工業 【たけだやくひんこうぎょう】 Takeda Pharmaceutical
  • 武し 【たけし】 brave


Japanese names:
う、 お、 たけし、 たけん、 ん
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • guerrero
  • armas
  • valor


  • guerreiro
  • militar
  • cavalaria
  • armas


  • guerrier
  • militaire
  • chevalerie
  • armes
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2959 New Nelson (John Haig)
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