Kanshudo Component Builder
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Draw a component:
Type a component or its name:
 
Choose from a list:
Change component list
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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
Not finding your component?
If you believe you've drawn your component correctly but the system is not recognizing it, please:
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Kanshudo drawing practice center: hiragana, katakana, components and kanji

Kanshudo includes a sophisticated system to help you practice writing Japanese. Drawing kanji and kana is a great way to cement them in your memory, and should be a key part of your Japanese study program. Use the links here to practice drawing hiragana, katakana and the most commonly used kanji components, as well as the kanji in any of your flashcard sets.
You can also practice drawing any kanji or kana in the Kanshudo system from its details page (example: ), or the quick view you'll see if you click on a character's blue box in kanji search results (example search: 日本語).
For more information, see the Kanshudo complete guide to writing Japanese.
Hiragana Perfect your hiragana expertise. Our hiragana drawing practice system lets you focus on specific characters, or work through the whole syllabary.
Read more about hiragana in our hiragana introduction, and create free Flashcards. To thoroughly study and test your hiragana knowledge, take the Kanshudo hiragana Challenge.
Katakana Polish up your katakana skills. Our katakana drawing practice system lets you focus on specific characters, or work through the whole syllabary.
Read more about katakana in our katakana introduction, and create free Flashcards. To thoroughly study and test your katakana knowledge, take the Kanshudo katakana Challenge.
Components To really accelerate your kanji learning, you need to study the components that make up all kanji.
Practice drawing the 50 most common components in Japanese.
Practice drawing all / any of the components used in the Jōyō kanji.
Or jump right in with one of these components:
Read more about components in our components introduction, and review a list of the 50 most common components. For more advanced study, review lists of the 214 standard radicals, all components used in the Jōyō (daily use) kanji and if you're really ready for it, our comprehensive list of all components!
Kanji Practice drawing the kanji in any of your flashcard sets.
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Or jump right in with one of these kanji:
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