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!

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Item view for flashcards and list view for favorites

Posted: 2020-03-17 | Tags: flashcards favorites
As we write this, the whole world is struggling with the covid-19 pandemic. Cities (including our own San Francisco) and countries are locked down, and people everywhere are suffering from the virus itself or its after effects, including economic hardship. Our hearts go out to everyone particularly affected by this, and we wish everyone who reads this our very best as we all battle this common enemy. Stay safe!
We're writing this post to let you know about two small but valuable additions to Kanshudo: an item view for flashcards, and a list view for favorites. Read on to find out what these are and how useful they can be!
First, we've added a new view to complement the standard favorites view. In the (original) standard view, each of your favorites is presented in the same way it appears in Kanshudo search results, along with the ability to click each item and see more detail, view a kanji's components quickly and easily etc.
The new favorites list view provides a short form text summary of each of your favorites, and allows you to select each favorite with a checkbox. You can then selectively add your checked favorites to a flashcard set of your choosing, which gives you much finer-grained control.
The new item view for a flashcard set essentially gives you the opposite. Until now, the only view of your flashcards in any given set was a summary view which gave you your learning statistics and rough data. Now, we've added an item view for your set cards, which shows you each of the cards in standard Kanshudo format. To see the item view, visit your flashcards index and click VIEW for any set.
Note that any flashcards you have imported as plain text (ie, without using smart import) will not appear in the item view. If at all possible use smart import - Kanshudo flashcards are far more useful when you use them to study kanji / words / examples / grammar that the system recognizes, as Kanshudo uses that to measure your Japanese Mastery Level.

More options for kanji drawing practice!

Posted: 2020-02-22 | Tags: drawing kanji
We're delighted to announce several improvements to the Drawing center.
Drawing kanji yourself is a great way to cement them in your mind, as it invokes multiple learning styles. For example, the physical act of moving your fingers to shape the strokes creates 'muscle memory'.
Plus, drawing kanji requires you to call to mind aspects of the character that you may not have focused on when you were trying to learn it visually. For example, you need to remember the correct stroke order, and you need to have a sense of what each stroke looks like individually.
Kanshudo's Drawing center is here to help! We've added several new features:
  • Practice drawing the kanji in any of your flashcard sets. For any flashcard set that contains kanji, Kanshudo will automatically identify the kanji cards, and turn them into a list for you to draw.
  • Practice drawing any of the components used in the Joyo kanji.
These great new features complement the original functionality:
  • Practice drawing hiragana or katakana.
  • Practice drawing the 50 most useful kanji components.
We're also working on a kanji drawing game and another exciting drawing-related feature. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know!

New guide: tips for using kanji flashcards!

Posted: 2020-02-06 | Tags: flashcards howto kanji
Flashcards are a great learning tool, and with the modern convenience of phones and computers, more accessible than ever. Kanshudo includes a powerful flashcard study and management system with built-in spaced repetition, and provides many ways to create flashcards - for example, lessons, collections and favorites.
But how do you use flashcards for kanji in particular? Read our new guide, Tips for using flashcards to learn kanji, which provides key tips for maximizing the effectiveness of flashcards for your kanji study.

Japanese name reversal

Posted: 2020-01-04 | Tags: pointsofinterest names
Alert: as of the 1st January 2020, all Japanese names have changed!
More specifically, the English translations of Japanese names are now officially written in the same order as the Japanese, with the family name first. So, the official English translation of the name of Japan's current prime minister,
, is now Abe Shinzō . This is the opposite of the conventional order of Western names, so for many years the standard translation has followed the Western convention - Shinzō Abe.
The primary motivation for this change is convenience for Japanese people - why should they be forced to say their names backwards when talking to non-Japanese? In practice, the key question will be how long it takes foreign media to adopt the new convention, since that is how most people develop a sense of the 'right' way to say a Japanese name.
This blog post is based on the Japanese name reversal point of interest. For more points of interest, see the point of interest library.

The Kanshudo 2019 Holiday Sale!

Posted: 2019-12-20 | Tags: sales offers
Celebrate the end of 2019 by locking in a year of the best online Japanese learning platform available: one year of Kanshudo Pro access for $15.
2020 will be a fantastic year to learn Japanese: Japan will host the Olympics, which will put it on the world's center stage. 2020 is the first full year of the new Reiwa era, following the ascension of Emperor Naruhito in May. And Japanese continues to be one of the world's most interesting languages, offering unparalleled access to one of the world's most unique cultures.
Whether you are looking for a new career opportunity, a fascinating travel experience, or simply to enrich your life, learning Japanese is one of the best investments in yourself you can make.
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And here's one more great reason to become a Kanshudo Pro now. Kanshudo pricing has not changed since we were founded nearly five years ago - and in that time the features and content in the system have multiplied tenfold. In early 2020, we will be putting our prices up for new subscribers.
However: existing Kanshudo Pros will continue on current rates! So now is the best possible time to lock in the unbelievable value that Kanshudo Pro brings for anyone serious about learning the Japanese language!
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