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Components used in the Jōyō kanji
Standard 214 radicals (and their variants)
All components and radicals
About the three component and radical collections
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These three collections show details of the components that make up every kanji. For more information about how Japanese kanji are composed of components and radicals, see here. To start with only the most common components, see the 50 most commmon components.
These three collections correspond to the three choices used in the Kanshudo component builder to help you look up kanji by component / radical:
  • Components used in the Jōyō kanji
    The first collection (the default list in the component builder) contains all radicals and components which are used in at least 4 Jōyō kanji, or which themselves are Jōyō kanji. Using components in the default list, you can find all Jōyō kanji which are made up of components, as well as many others.
  • Standard 214 Japanese radicals
    The second collection contains just the standard 214 Japanese radicals (plus variants). Some of these radicals are actually no longer used in any Jōyō kanji. Additionally, many kanji contain components which have not historically been classified as radicals. This specific set of 214 radicals is therefore more useful for historical purposes, and for comparing data in multiple sources.
  • All components and radicals
    The third collection includes all components and radicals used at least once in any of the kanji in the Kanshudo system (which currently includes about 13000 kanji, of which about 5000 have been indexed for components).
Each collection includes all variants of a component that are used. Each variant of a component appears in the appropriate stroke count section. So for example 艹 (the usual component form of 'grass') appears in the 3 stroke section, but 艸 (the original component form, and the kanji form) appears in the 6 stroke section. Variants are listed together each time one appears, so you can quickly see the alternative forms.
The numbers next to the meanings are the standard radical numbers - if not present, the component is not a historical radical.
1 stroke
1. one
2. stick
3. dot
4. whereupon; katakana no
Variants: 丿
5. second
Variants:
5. second
Variants:
6. hook
Variants: 𠄌
𠃊
shelf
three
Variants: 𠄎
Note: looks like the number three
fu
Variants:
Note: from pronunciation of katakana 'fu'
2 strokes
4. whereupon
Variants: 丿
7. two
Variants:
8. lid
Note: see also (cover) and (roof)
9. man
Variants: 𠂉 𠆢
9. man
Variants: 𠂉 𠆢
𠆢
9. man
Variants: 𠂉
𠂉
9. man
Variants: 𠆢
10. legs
11. enter
12. eight
Variants:
12. eight
Variants:
12. eight
Variants:
13. wide
Variants:
14. cover; covered
Note: see also (lid) and (roof)
15. ice
Variants:
15. ice
Variants:
16. table
Variants: 𠘨
17. open box
18. sword
Variants:
18. sword
Variants:
19. effort
20. wrap
21. spoon
Note: visually similar to (seven)
22. side open box
23. hiding box
24. ten
Variants: 𠂇
𠂇
24. ten
Variants:
25. divining rod
Variants:
26. seal
Variants:
26. seal
Variants:
27. cliff
Variants:
27. cliff
Variants:
28. private
Variants:
29. again
crossed swords
Variants:
crossed swords
Variants:
corner
Variants: 𠂊
reach
below
Variants:
ma; mother
Variants:
Note: katakana 'ma' - meaning in mnemonics taken from pronunciation
whereupon one
nine
seven
Note: visually similar to (spoon)
block
Note: block of tofu, city block
3 strokes
1000; thousand
30. mouth
Note: visually similar to (box)
31. box; enclosure
Note: visually similar to (mouth)
32. ground; earth
Note: visually similar to (samurai)
33. samurai
Note: visually similar to (ground)
34. go
36. night
37. big
38. woman; female
39. child
Variants:
39. child
Variants:
40. roof
Note: see also (lid) and (cover)
41. inch
42. small
Variants:
42. small
Variants:
42. small
Variants:
44. corpse
45. sprout
Variants:
46. mountain
47. river
48. work
49. self
50. turban
51. dry / drying frame
52. short thread
Variants:
广
53. stony cliff
54. long stride
55. twenty
Variants:
56. shoot
Note: shoot as in 'shoot an arrow'
57. bow
yo = to yell / say hi
Variants:
yo; yell
Variants:
59. fur
60. step
61. heart
Variants:
64. hand
Variants:
85. water
Variants:
90. left side
Variants:
94. dog
Variants:
140. grass
Variants:
140. grass
Variants:
162. move
Variants:
163. group
Variants:
Note: appears on the right side of kanji; visually identical to (hill)
170. hill
Variants:
Note: appears on the left side of kanji; visually identical to (group)
table
assembly
Variants:
three
above
round; circle
dead
Variants:
simple
from
Note: visually similar to (drying frame)
ladle
to be
4 strokes
well
nine out of ten
61. heart
Variants:
62. spear; javelin
63. door
Variants:
64. hand
Variants:
65. support
66. strike
Variants:
67. literature
68. Big Dipper
69. axe
70. way
72. sun; day
Variants:
74. month; moon
Variants:
74. month; moon
Variants:
75. tree
Variants:
76. lack
77. stop
Variants:
78. death
Variants:
79. lance shaft
80. mother
Variants:
81. compare
82. fur
83. family
85. water
Variants:
86. fire
Variants:
86. fire
Variants:
87. claw
Variants:
87. claw
Variants:
87. claw
Variants:
88. father
91. right side
93. cow
Variants:
93. cow
Variants:
94. dog
Variants:
113. show
Variants:
Note: very similar to (clothes)
122. net
Variants: 𦉰
125. old
Variants:
130. meat; body part
Variants:
Note: visually very similar to ⺝(month)
162. move
Variants:
𠫓
private lidded
master
Variants:
slashed yo
Variants:
whereupon by the ground
king
Variants: 𤣩
high-priced; expensive; lofty
start; initiate
wheel around
Variants:
Note: katakana 'wi' - meaning in mnemonics taken from pronunciation
ladder
Variants:
comma
change
calamity
Note: very similar to (heaven)
five
middle
now
inside
Variants:
official
Note: as in 'an official message'
few
Variants: 𣥂
six
origin; original
husband
anti
friend
ward
say
fragrant
shaku
Note: a shaku is a measurement, so used in sense of 'a shaku of xxx'
villain
not
Note: visually similar to (pig)
burden
Variants: 𡈼
廿
twenty; 20
heaven
Note: visually similar to (calamity)
together
Variants: 𠔏
previously; in advance
Variants:
divide
5 strokes
certainly
15. ice
Variants:
80. mother
Variants:
85. water
Variants:
92. tusk
95. mystery
96. jewel
98. tile
99. sweet
100. life
101. to use
102. rice field
Variants:
103. roll of cloth; bolt of cloth
Variants: 𤴓
104. ill; illness
105. hairy legs
106. white
107. skin
108. dish
109. eye
110. halberd
111. arrow
112. stone
Note: visually similar to
113. show
Variants:
114. tracks
115. grain
116. hole
Note: visually similar to some variants of net, such as
117. stand
122. net
Variants: 𦉰
Note: variants can be visually similar to (hole)
145. clothes
Variants: 𧘇
Note: very similar to (show)
𧘇
145. clothes
Variants:
classroom
Variants: 𦥯
𡗗
three men
electricity
master
Variants:
although
ground again
good; possible
centre; center
go out
wide mouth
first family
market
put in place
old
pedestal; platform
not yet
Note: visually similar to (end)
say
Variants: 𦥔
leave
administer
elder brother; brother
order; command
verse
wrap
occupy
volume
Variants:
summon
and another; another
reason
Note: visually similar to (say) and (first)
correct
ahead
Variants:
two mouths
Variants: 𠂤
dawn
hare
five
almost lined up
Variants:
Note: visually similar to (lined up)
6 strokes
again; also
private month
102. stony rice field
Variants:
118. bamboo
Variants: 𥫗
118. bamboo
Variants: 𥫗
119. rice
120. thread
Variants:
121. can
Variants: 𦈢
123. sheep
Variants: 𦍌
𦍌
123. sheep
Variants:
124. feather
125. old
Variants:
126. rake
128. ear
129. brush
Variants:
130. meat when 肉, body part when⺼
Variants:
132. self
133. reach
134. mortar
Variants: 𦥑
135. tongue
137. boat
138. good
Variants:
138. good
Variants:
139. color
141. tiger
142. insect
Variants:
143. blood
144. to go
145. clothes
Variants: 𧘇
西
146. west
Variants:
𢦏
ten spears
relation
Variants: 𠔉
relation
Variants: 𠔉
sign of the hog; hog
younger brother
Variants:
the body part and the sword
𠂤
two mouths
Variants:
fit
same
possess
hundred; 100
early; fast
mix; mixed
together
Variants: 𠔏
again
temple
every, each
Variants:
melody; curve
sign
content; purport
jewel
dog
Note: visually similar to (five)
next
gossip
Variants:
each; every
7 strokes
system
131. subject
Variants: 𦣞 𦣝
136. oppose
146. west
Variants: 西
147. see
148. corner
149. say; word
Variants:
150. valley
151. bean
152. pig
154. shellfish
155. red
156. run
157. foot
Variants:
157. foot
Variants:
158. body
159. car
160. spicy
161. dragon
164. sake flask
165. topped rice
166. village
199. wheat
Variants:
first time; the first time
bright
eight elder brothers
Variants:
three spears
surplus; left over; extra
Variants:
I; myself
bundle
resemble
8 strokes
honest
167. gold
Variants:
168. long
Variants:
169. gate
170. hill
Variants:
172. little bird
173. rain
Variants:
173. rain
Variants:
174. blue
Variants:
175. mistake
184. eat; food
Variants: 𩙿
210. equal
Variants:
ground ahead
Variants:
standing mouths
strange
𠦝
ten times earlier
person
Variants:
east
capital
wood; trees
Variants: 𣏟
ancient; old
hang down; hanging
Variants:
result; fruit; bear fruit
that
9 strokes
specialist; expert
Variants:
claw your one friend
176. mask
177. leather
180. sound
181. page
182. wind
183. fly
184. eat; food
Variants: 𩙿
185. neck
Variants: 𦣻
186. fragrance
make the man go all day
ten beans
gossip
Variants:
glorious
hard
in general; generalization; generalisation
Variants:
long-tailed monkey; monkey
heavy
goods
fill
10 strokes
double
together again
178. tanned leather
187. horse
188. bone
189. expensive; high
Variants:
194. ogre
employee
must not
11 strokes
195. fish
Variants: 𩵋
鹿
198. deer
200. flax; flux
Note: sometimes used in mnemonics in sense of 'flux of time'
201. yellow
Variants:
203. black
Variants:
old trader
trader
torture; blame
12 strokes
complementary
formerly
Variants:
13 strokes
207. hand drum
six lots of clothes together
Variants:
unanimous
Variants:
goods in the tree
rule
14 strokes
209. nose
15 strokes
keep watch
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