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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
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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
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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
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All Japanese radicals and components

To search for kanji using radicals / components, go to Kanji Search and click on the
button on the left of the search bar to open the Component Builder. You can also click here to go directly to the Component Builder. Read more about the Component Builder in our detailed how to guide.
Click on one of the three collections:
Components used in the Jōyō kanji
Standard 214 radicals (and their variants)
All components and radicals
FLASHCARDS
1 stroke
1. one
2. stick
3. dot
4. katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
Variants: 丿
5. second
Variants:
5. second
Variants:
5. second
Variants:
6. hook
Variants: 𠄌
𠄌
6. hook
Variants:
2 strokes
4. whereupon
Variants: 丿
7. two
8. lid
Note: see also (cover) and (roof)
9. man
9. man
Variants:
𠆢
9. man
Variants:
𠂉
9. man
Variants:
10. legs
11. enter
12. eight
12. katakana 'ha'; 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
𠘨
16. table
Variants:
17. open box
18. sword
18. sword
Variants:
19. effort
20. wrap
21. spoon
Note: visually similar to (seven)
22. side open box
23. side open box
Variants:
24. ten
𠂇
24. ten
Variants:
25. divining rod
26. seal
Variants:
26. seal
Variants:
27. cliff
27. cliff
Variants:
28. private
Variants:
29. again
3 strokes
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
35. go slowly
36. night
37. big
38. woman; female
39. child
39. child
Variants:
40. roof
Note: see also (lid) and (cover)
41. inch
42. small
42. small
Variants:
42. small
Variants:
43. lame
44. corpse
45. sprout
45. sprout
Variants:
46. mountain
47. river
48. work
49. self
50. turban
51. dry; drying frame
52. short thread
52. short thread
Variants:
广
53. stony cliff
54. long stride
55. twenty
56. shoot
Note: shoot as in 'shoot an arrow'
57. bow
58. snout (of a pig)
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)
4 strokes
43. lame
Variants:
61. heart
61. heart
Variants:
62. spear; javelin
63. door
63. door
Variants:
64. hand
65. support
66. strike
66. strike
Variants:
67. literature
68. Big Dipper
69. axe
70. way
71. not, nothing
71. not, nothing
Variants:
72. sun; day
73. it is said
74. month; moon
Variants:
74. month; moon
Variants:
75. tree
Variants:
75. katakana 'ho'; tree
Variants:
76. lack
77. stop
78. death
79. lance shaft
80. mother
Variants:
80. mother
Variants:
81. compare
82. fur
83. family
84. steam
85. water
Variants:
86. fire
86. fire
Variants:
87. claw
Variants:
87. claw
Variants:
87. claw
Variants:
88. father
89. divination
90. left side
91. right side
93. cow
93. cow
Variants:
94. dog
113. show
Variants:
Note: very similar to (clothes)
122. net
Variants:
122. net
Variants:
122. net
Variants:
125. old
Variants:
130. body part
Variants:
Note: visually very similar to ⺝(month)
𧘇
145. clothes
Variants:
162. move
Variants:
5 strokes
15. ice
78. death
Variants:
80. mother
85. water
Variants:
92. tusk
95. mystery
96. jewel
98. tile
99. sweet
100. life
101. to use
102. rice field
103. roll of cloth; bolt of cloth
103. roll of cloth
Variants:
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
114. tracks
115. grain
116. hole
Note: visually similar to some variants of net, such as
117. stand
122. net
Variants:
Note: variants can be visually similar to (hole)
145. clothes
Variants:
Note: very similar to (show)
6 strokes
97. melon
102. stony rice field
Variants:
118. bamboo
Variants:
118. bamboo
Variants:
119. rice
120. thread
Variants:
121. can
122. net
123. sheep
𦍌
123. sheep
Variants:
123. sheep
Variants:
124. feather
125. old
126. rake
127. plow; plough
128. ear
129. brush
130. meat
Variants:
132. self
133. reach
134. mortar
𦥑
134. mortar
Variants:
135. tongue
137. boat
138. good
Variants:
139. color
140. grass
141. tiger
142. insect
143. blood
144. to go
145. clothes
西
146. west
146. west
Variants: 西
7 strokes
131. subject
136. oppose
138. good
142. insect
Variants:
146. west
Variants: 西
147. see
148. corner
149. say; word
149. say
Variants:
150. valley
151. bean
152. pig
153. badger
154. shellfish
155. red
156. run
157. foot
157. foot
Variants:
158. body
159. car
160. spicy
161. dragon
162. move
163. group
164. sake flask
165. topped rice
166. village
168. long
Variants:
199. wheat
8 strokes
167. gold
168. long
169. gate
170. hill
171. slave
172. little bird
173. rain
Variants:
173. rain
Variants:
174. blue
174. blue
Variants:
175. mistake
184. eat; food
Variants: 𩙿
210. equal
9 strokes
176. mask
177. leather
179. leek
180. sound
181. page
182. wind
183. fly
184. eat; food
Variants: 𩙿
𩙿
184. eat; food
Variants:
185. neck
186. fragrance
10 strokes
178. tanned leather
187. horse
188. bone
189. expensive; high
190. hair
191. fighting
193. tripod
194. ogre
11 strokes
195. fish
鹿
198. deer
199. wheat
Variants:
200. flax; flux
Note: sometimes used in mnemonics in sense of 'flux of time'
201. yellow
203. black
12 strokes
201. yellow
Variants:
202. millet
203. black
Variants:
13 strokes
206. three-legged stool
207. hand drum
14 strokes
209. nose
210. equal
Variants:
16 strokes
212. dragon
Variants:
17 strokes
214. flute
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