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
Here's our Facebook page - please like us:
We're also on Twitter.
Thanks and acknowledgements for contributors to Kanshudo.
A comprehensive index of the entire system.
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.