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!

The Kanshudo Blog

Welcome to the Kanshudo blog! The most recent entries are displayed here; click on any headline to read the full post. Older posts are linked from the bottom of the page.
Search the blog using Site search. Enter 'blog' as one of your keywords to restrict your search to blog posts. For example: blog kanji
You may also be interested in recent additions to our reference library of Japanese grammar and POI (points of interest).

Recent updates March 2021

Posted: 2021-03-11 | Tags: whatsnew
We've been busy over the last few months! We've been working on many different areas of the system, so even regular users will probably find some surprises in this roundup. Here's a quick summary of the new content and features on Kanshudo.
New icons!
We've updated several icons, including the trusty favorites star , usefulness , JLPT , mastery , flashcard edit , details view , and more.
We've made a major improvement to the favorites system: you can now designate a flashcard set as your storage location for favorites. This means that as soon you click the favorites star , you immediately have a flashcard in your preferred set!
You can change the location at any time, so if you switch to another flashcard set, any search result that has a flashcard in that set will show up with a shaded favorite star.
New Joy o' Kanji essays
We've added 11 great new in-depth kanji essays from our partner Joy o' Kanji:
16 new grammar points and points of interest
Remember you can always access automatically-updated lists of recently-added and recently-updated grammar articles from the grammar library home page.
We've made a lot of improvements to the flashcard system, and we're still working on a couple more, so rather than summarize those here we'll put them all together in another blog post soon.
Intermediate lessons
The beta of the new intermediate lesson series is progressing very well - one tester even went so far as to say "I think the new intermediate lessons are the best thing to happen to this platform". The functionality is now nearly complete, and we are doing our third or fourth pass through the new lesson content! If you would like to try out the new intermediate lessons yourself, please let us know.
More miscellaneous improvements
  • You can now hide kanji and word 'quick views' after you've clicked on the kanji or word to show them
  • The Joy o' Kanji popup which shows when you click a JOK badge now contains helpful links to your previously downloaded essays and your available credits
  • You can now restrict example search by sentence difficulty
  • We've added a new kanji keyword search to help you identify key components by how frequently they are used: joyocomponent:1-100 (this identifies all components that are used 1-100 times in Joyo kanji).
  • A new download button lets you download examples directly from quick view.
  • You now have the ability to ignore study tasks.
  • You can now override the system recommended kanji study set. The system will check whether you've done this before giving you the same recommendation again.
  • You can now see your mastery level for words, kanji, and grammar points directly in word search / kanji search / grammar search - you will see a mastery badge such as next to each result.
  • You can manually edit your mastery for kanji, words and grammar points wherever you see the mastery badge - just click it to pull up an edit view.
  • Search history now loads much more quickly, and uses an 'infinitely expanding' list rather than pages.

Introducing Answer Type

Posted: 2021-01-29 | Tags: games vocabulary
We are excited to introduce our latest standalone game: Answer Type!
Answer Type is a great way to practice and test your Japanese vocabulary: simply type the readings of as many words as you can. Choose words based on your target usefulness level, and try to beat your high score! Click here to try it out.
Answer Type is one of several Kanshudo games designed to build your Japanese vocabulary in a fun and entertaining way - you can also try Word Match and Word Quiz as standalone games, and others Kana Search and Term Find which appear in Boost.
Answer Type will also appear from time to time as a study task when you work on your daily study session!

Why have my 'learn' and 'review' flashcard counts changed?

Posted: 2021-01-10 | Tags: flashcards
If you have a lot of flashcards or a lot of flashcard sets (or both!), you may have noticed that the counts of cards to learn or review have gone up or down. Don't worry - this is not a bug! We just completed a major update to the way flashcards work, and it affects the counts.
Previously, when you added a flashcard for a word / kanji / grammar point / example to a set, a new card would be created, with new study data. Over time, this could lead to many copies of a card - in some cases 15+ for some of our most active users - each at a different stage. This was not efficient in various ways - for example, it could interfere with review cycles, or mean that you were doing more reviews than you needed to. Any notes you added to the back of cards were only visible on the card you added them to, not the copies.
We've now updated the system such that whenever you add a flashcard for an item to a set, you actually create a reference to an existing card if there is one - and the study data is shared. So if the card is ready for review, it will appear in the 'review' count for both sets. If it is unlearned, it will appear in the 'learn' count for both sets.
Another benefit of this change is that you no longer need to worry about managing duplicate cards yourself - duplicates within a set are automatically prevented, and duplicates between sets are not actually duplicates, just references to the same card. Any notes you added to your cards have been consolidated and will be visible whichever set you see the card in. (Note that cards created for Beginner Lessons often use the notes field to display different inflections of a word - those have now been consolidated as well.) You can use the new 'shared cards' function for any flashcard set to see and manage cards which are also used in other sets.
This improvement is part of several major updates to the flashcard system that are currently in progress - we are working on a new improved UI, and several great new features.

The Kanshudo Holiday Sale 2020!

Posted: 2020-12-16 | Tags: sales offers
Save 50% on a Kanshudo Pro subscription!
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Store your favorites directly in a flashcard set

Posted: 2020-12-11 | Tags: flashcards favorites
'Favorites' are one of Kanshudo's most useful features - just click the icon next to any kanji, word, grammar point or even example sentence to store it in your 'favorites bucket'.
We've made it even easier to work with favorites:
You can now use any flashcard set to store your favorites, instead of the default favorites bucket.
Add (and remove) favorites in the same way, but now whenever you create a new favorite, it is immediately available in the flashcard set you choose.
You can change your storage location quickly and easily whenever you want. This provides a really useful way to switch between study sets, and makes it much easier to manage your flashcards. For example, you could designate one flashcard set for the novel you're reading, and another for your current lesson. When you change your flashcard storage location, the items in the set you choose will have a icon in search results, so you can easily identify what you already have in there.
To change your favorites storage location, use the link in your account page, or the link from your favorites home in the main menu. Here is a direct link.