Kanshudo Component Builder
Draw a component:
Type a component or its name:
Choose from a list:
Change component list
By default the Component Builder shows the most common Joyo kanji components (ie, components which are themselves Joyo kanji, or which are used in at least 3 other Joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

For details of all components and their English names, see the Component collections.
Kanshudo Component Builder Help
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. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
  1. Draw it in the drawing area
  2. Type the name in the text area
  3. Look for it in the list
Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
  • Draw any of these components (one at a time) in the drawing area, and select it when you see it
  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.
Kanshudo Component Builder Drawing Help
The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
  • Draw a component in the center of the area, as large as you can
  • Try to draw the component as it appears in the kanji you're looking up
  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
  • Don't draw more than one component at a time
Not finding your component?
If you believe you've drawn your component correctly but the system is not recognizing it, please:
Let us know!

About Kanshudo

See below for various pages and articles providing general information about Kanshudo. If you are just getting started, take a look at our Welcome page, Feature Overview, or read our introductory guide, Getting started learning Japanese.
Kanshudo's main welcome page, with advice on how to proceed based on your current level of Japanese.
Search the whole of Kanshudo for features or functions.
A visual index of Kanshudo's key features.
A brief introduction to Kanshudo and our approach. To understand the learning theory behind Kanshudo, read about the Kanshudo system.
Answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about Kanshudo.
Get the latest news and updates in the Kanshudo blog.
A selection of in-depth articles on more advanced Kanshudo features.
Some feedback from our users.
Kanshudo legal Terms & Conditions of use.
Our privacy policy (bottom line: we don't disclose your information to anyone, and we don't use it for anything at all except to help you learn Japanese).
Feel free to get in touch with us about anything at all.
Social Media
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We're also on Twitter.
Thanks and acknowledgements for contributors to Kanshudo.
A comprehensive index of the entire system.