Random Kanji Knowledge: Henshin

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 変身, which is read as henshin (hen-shin). 変身 means “transformation.”

変 means “weird/strange” and also “change.”

身 refers to “body/self.”

So put together, 変身 means “weird/changing self” in a way.

The stroke order for 変身 is shown below.


Kanji drawing map


Kanji drawing map

Who do you become when a 変身 triggers?

My favorite one. <3


4 thoughts on “Random Kanji Knowledge: Henshin

  1. chowanyau August 5, 2013 / 6:52 pm

    hi cool cat I’m a gullible gull amongst vultures trying to keep my head down. In Chinese the first character means .change’, not ‘weird’ or ‘strange’. To me this is more meaningful, a changed self, renewed, transformed, hardened, tougher, wiser …


    • Nhan-Fiction August 5, 2013 / 7:57 pm

      Fair enough. Technically, in Japanese anyway, the symbol can mean both weird and change. I will update the post regardless. ;p


      • chowanyau August 5, 2013 / 10:06 pm

        Fair do’s. I don’t know Japanese, only Chinese but some of the characters are similar with less strokes. Rumour has it they nicked some of our books but dropped some on the way back to Japan so that is why some characters are missing some strokes. Urban myth? Don’t quote me on it and apologies to all Japanese bloggers, just passing on a story I heard once.


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