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!

Example details

It grew cold as the sun went down.
Grammar and points of interest
Conjugations and inflections
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
1. day; days  (this meaning is restricted to form 日)
2. sun; sunshine; sunlight
(click the word to view an additional 1 meaning and 2 forms, examples and links)
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'mu' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to sink; to go under; to submerge
2. to go down (e.g. sun); to set; to descend
(click the word to view an additional 1 meaning, examples and links)
as X, then Y (e.g. as we age we gain wisdom, as wine matures it becomes more valuable, etc.)  (often written with kana only)
(click the word to view an additional 1 form, examples and links)
1. cold (e.g. weather)  (opposite: 暑い)
2. uninteresting (esp. joke); lame; dull; weak; corny  (see also: お寒い)
(click the word to view an additional 1 reading, examples and links)
'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to become; to get; to grow; to be; to reach; to attain  (often written with kana only)
2. to result in; to prove to be
(click the word to view an additional 6 meanings and 2 forms, examples and links)
ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
チン   しず to sink   しずめる to make sink   
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スイ   みず water   
カン   さむ cold   
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ヒョウ   こうり ice   こうる to freeze   
キョウ   とも together   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
katakana 'ha'; eight
More info on this sentence: Google Japan ⇗ Sentence translate
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.