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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:
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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.
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  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
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Grammar detail: 々

々 - kanji repetition symbol
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The symbol 々 in a word indicates that the previous kanji, along with its reading, is repeated. It's a convenient shorthand that emerged when kanji were still largely written by hand as a simple way to save time.
The symbol is formally known as くりかえし (repeat). However, it often goes by the name ノマ, since it is drawn as the combination of these two katakana characters.
Typing the 々 symbol on a computer / phone keyboard can be tricky, as it is not a 'kanji' per se. Perhaps for this reason, many of the words that use it are increasingly written in hiragana in modern Japanese. On several Japanese entry IMEs (Input Method Editors - the formal name for the system you use to enter Japanese on a computer or phone etc.), the quickest option is to type のま (i.e., n o m a) or sometimes くりかえし (k u r i k a e s h i) and the IME may suggest 々 as an option. If you are struggling to find a suitable way to produce the character on your system, the simplest option is to simply type a word that contains it, such as
しょうしょう
少々
or
かたがた
方々
, and then delete the first character.
Since Japanese contains many onomatopoeic words and words that contain repeated sounds, the 々 character is encountered very frequently - in fact, it appears in just under 700 words in our dictionary. Some common examples include:
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun
just a minute; small quantity
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1. various  (often written with kana only)
2. various colors (colours)  (archaic)
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sometimes; at times
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1. very; considerably; easily; readily; fairly; quite; highly; rather  (often written with kana only)
2. by no means (with negative verb); not readily  (often written with kana only)
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we
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individual; one by one; separate
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi)
1. in the first place; to begin with; from the start; originally; ab initio  (often written with kana only)
conjunction
2. ... the heck (e.g. "what the heck?"); ... in the world (e.g. "why in the world?"); ... on earth (e.g. "who on earth?")  (see also: 一体; often written with kana only)
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originally; by nature; from the start  (often written with kana only)
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originally; by nature; from the start  (often written with kana only)
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noun
1. they (of people); gentlemen (of the ...)  (honorific)
2. you (usu. plural)  (honorific)
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varied; various
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in succession; one by one
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separately; individually
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adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
every day; daily; day after day; days (e.g. good old days)
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each person; people; men and women; everybody
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Kanji used in this grammar

(kanji repetition symbol)   
ショウ   すこ a little   すくない few   
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ホウ   かた way, direction   
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