15 strokes
dance, flit, circle, wheel
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
655 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 舞台裏 【ブタイウラ】 offstage, backstage, behind the scenes
  • 舞台 【ブタイ】 stage (of a theatre, concert hall, etc.), (stage) performance, setting (of a story), scene, sphere (of activity), stage (e.g. political stage), scene, arena, world
  • 演舞 【エンブ】 dance performance
  • 歌舞 【カブ】 singing and dancing

Kun reading compounds

  • 舞う 【まう】 to dance (orig. a whirling dance), to whirl (in the wind), to flutter (about), to swirl, to fly, to circle, to wheel
  • 舞 【まい】 dancing, dance
  • 舞い上がる 【まいあがる】 to soar, to fly high, to be whirled up, to make merry, to be ecstatic, to be in high spirits
  • 立ち居振る舞い 【たちいふるまい】 movements, bearing, deportment, carriage, behavior, behaviour, demeanor, demeanour, manners
  • 獅子舞 【ししまい】 lion dance, traditional dance performed by one or more dancers wearing a guardian lion costume


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • danza
  • baile
  • revoloteo
  • bailar
  • revolotear


  • dançar
  • fugir
  • círculo
  • roda


  • danse
  • voltiger
  • cercle
  • roue
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