18 strokes
flip, turn over, wave, flutter, change (mind)
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1465 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 翻訳 【ホンヤク】 translation, deciphering, decoding, translation
  • 翻案 【ホンアン】 adaptation (of a novel, play, etc.)
  • 翻 【ハン】 han, fan, unit that doubles the score of a hand
  • 翻刻 【ホンコク】 reprinting (of a book)

Kun reading compounds

  • 翻る 【ひるがえる】 to flutter (in the wind), to wave, to flap, to fly, to turn over, to flip over, to suddenly change (attitude, opinion, etc.), to suddenly switch, to alter, to flip
  • 翻す 【ひるがえす】 to turn over, to change (one's mind), to reverse (one's decision), to take back (one's words), to retract (one's testimony, confession, etc.), to fly (a flag), to let (a skirt, cape, etc.) flap in the wind, to let flutter


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • expresar en otras palabras
  • modificar
  • cambiar de opinión
  • invertir
  • girar
  • voltear


  • sacudidela
  • virar
  • onda
  • tumulto
  • mudar de idéia


  • voltiger
  • faire flotter (drapeau)
  • changer de sens
  • changer (d'opinion)
1826 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1779 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3681 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1551 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1659 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
596 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
606 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
760 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1575 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2391 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1219 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1676 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1930 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
28814X Morohashi
1897 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4694 New Nelson (John Haig)
1911 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2060 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1903 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2253 2001 Kanji
6b12.3 The Kanji Dictionary
1-12-6 SKIP code
2762.0 Four corner code
1-43-61 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7ffb Unicode hex code