13 strokes
clothes 衣 (衤)
back, amidst, in, reverse, inside, palm, sole, rear, lining, wrong side
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
812 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 裏 【リ】 in (e.g. secret), with (e.g. success)
  • 裏面 【リメン】 back (side), reverse, the inside, background, dark side (e.g. of society), behind the scenes, beneath the surface
  • 内裏 【ダイリ】 imperial palace, festival dolls representing the emperor and the empress
  • 影裏 【エイリ】 shade

Kun reading compounds

  • 裏 【うら】 opposite side, bottom, other side, side hidden from view, undersurface, reverse side, rear, back, behind, lining, inside, in the shadows, behind the scenes, offstage, behind (someone's) back, more (to something than meets the eye), hidden side (e.g. of one's personality), unknown circumstances, different side, proof, opposite (of a prediction, common sense, etc.), contrary, inverse (of a hypothesis, etc.), bottom (of an inning), last half (of an inning)
  • 裏切る 【うらぎる】 to betray, to turn traitor to, to double-cross
  • 舞台裏 【ぶたいうら】 offstage, backstage, behind the scenes
  • 口裏 【くちうら】 determining a speaker's true or hidden meaning, determining a speaker's intentions from his manner of speech, divining good or bad luck from listening to someone


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • reverso
  • opuesto
  • parte interior
  • en esa situación
  • interior


  • costas
  • no meio de
  • em
  • inverter
  • interior
  • palma
  • atrás
  • forro
  • lado errado


  • arrière
  • revers
  • verso
  • intérieur
  • semelle
  • paume
  • envers
  • doublure
  • mauvais côté
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755 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
327 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1076 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
883 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2176 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
273 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
273 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
436 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1627 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2652 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1354 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1836 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
406 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
34294 Morohashi
2138 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5462 New Nelson (John Haig)
399 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
426 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
969 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
465 2001 Kanji
2j11.2 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-11 SKIP code
0073.2 Four corner code
1-46-02 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
88cf Unicode hex code