What is Kanshudo?

Who said learning Japanese can't be fun?!

Kanshudo is the fastest and most enjoyable way to learn and remember the Japanese kanji and written Japanese generally. Whatever your current level of kanji ability, Kanshudo will help you improve fast, with assessment tools such as our unique visualization of your kanji ability, the Kanji Wheel, games such as Kanji Match and Word Match, the Kanji Quiz, fun and engaging Beginner lessons and Intermediate lessons, and free online flashcards.
Kanshudo is also an invaluable daily reference tool, with a variety of sophisticated ways to look up kanji, Japanese words, Japanese names and English / Japanese example sentences.
If you are just getting started with Japanese or the kanji, you can find everything you need to know to make your studies a success in our articles How to master the kanji and Getting started learning Japanese.
If you are new to Kanshudo, the best place to start is with the tour.

The Kanshudo system for learning kanji: mnemonics and components

Kanji are fundamental to written Japanese, and Kanshudo uses a highly effective system for helping you learn. The Kanshudo system is built on several proven learning concepts. Read about the Kanshudo system to learn about the core concepts behind the most advanced system available for learning kanji quickly and easily.

A huge array of tools and games for learning Japanese

See our visual feature overview to find out more about the array of tools Kanshudo offers. You can also check the welcome page, or find anything in the system quickly from the Index.

Kanshudo's name: 'the way to kanji mastery'

The name Kanshudo comes from the Japanese characters 漢習道, which roughly translate as 'the way to kanji mastery'.
... as in 漢字 (かんじ), Chinese characters
... as in 習う (ならう), to learn or master
... as in 柔道 (じゅうどう), Judo or the 'gentle way'
Click on the kanji above to see the details, or look up all three kanji in kanji search to learn more about them.


Kanshudo uses learning concepts and data developed by many individuals and organizations, for which we are deeply grateful. For full details see credits.

More questions?

Read our FAQ, or see a visual overview of Kanshudo’s many features.
Change component list
By default the component builder shows the most common components (themselves joyo kanji, or used in at least 3 other joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Help with the component builder
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of.
For any components you recognize, if you know the English meaning or name, start typing it in the text area. Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Alternatively, count the strokes of the component, and scan the list to find it visually.
To find the kanji :
  • Notice that it is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫.
  • 氵 艹 口 all have three strokes, so you could look in the list in the 3 stroke section. 夫 has four strokes.
  • Alternatively, you could start typing 'water' (氵), 'grass' (艹), 'mouth' (口) or 'husband' (夫) in the search area, and the components will be highlighted in yellow.
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.