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!

Kanshudo's reference library of Japanese grammar and points of interest

Search Kanshudo's library of 864 articles on Japanese grammar and other points of interest. You can use English or Japanese words or phrases. Type any word that forms part of a construction or describes the type of construction. For example:
To quickly identify inflections and conjugations for different parts of speech, use the Inflection Showcase.
NEW We regularly add new articles on grammar and other points of interest, and add more material to existing articles. Use these links to see what's been added or updated recently:
NEW Track your knowledge of grammar points using a 'mastery score' for each grammar point. Mastery scores will be updated automatically as you study grammar flashcards, and you can edit them manually from your mastery summary or from a grammar point. You can view a summary of your mastery of grammar points by usefulness or JLPT level.
Kanshudo is a comprehensive resource for the JLPT, and includes all grammar for all levels of the JLPT (N5 to N1).
Grammar points are referenced by the JLPT level they are first used in, so you can search for all grammar points in a specific level of the JLPT. Use the syntax jlpt:x where x is the level of JLPT (from 5, the lowest/easiest, through to 1, the highest/hardest).
You can also combine searches for a specific grammar point or type of grammar point with a JLPT level by adding jlpt:x to any search:
You can also search for grammar points by Kanshudo's rating of how useful they are to you. Grammar points have usefulness levels from 1 to 6. In general, grammar with a JLPT tag will have equivalent usefulness (usefulness 1 corresponds to JLPT 5, and 5 corresponds to JLPT 1; usefulnesss 6 is for harder / rarer grammar points). Some grammar points have a Kanshudo usefulness rating but no JLPT rating because they do not appear in standard JLPT lists, but you would be expected to know them when your Japanese is at that level.
For help getting started with Japanese grammar, and structured lists of articles, see:
Our library also contains a number of articles we call 'points of interest', covering interesting expressions, quirks of Japanese grammar, pronunciation, how grammar came to be the way it is, as well as Japanese culture and language more generally. You can use the index or the special search poi:true to find points of interest.
NEW Kanshudo includes several games and exercises you can use to study grammar, such as Grammar Match and Kanshudo Boost. To see which grammar points are available for grammar games, use the special keyword examples:true.
The library includes several points of interest related to the Joy o' Kanji kanji essays. You can find them all with the special search jok:*, or you can find ones for a specific kanji using the JOK kanji ID:
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