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:
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Grammar detail: あなた

あなた - you
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あなた means 'you'. However, in Japanese, it is generally not used in many of the situations where 'you' would be used in English, and in fact, it is safer to omit it than to use it.
  • When a sentence has no subject, the sentence automatically applies to the speaker or listener, so there is no need to make that explicit. For example, the sentence おいしいと
    う can mean either 'I think it's tasty' or 'do you think it's tasty', but from the context and intonation it would be easy to distinguish the two.
  • When talking to anyone more senior than you, or anyone in any kind of position of authority (such as a teacher or official), the person's (family) name + さん, or the person's job title + さん should be used.
  • Even at home, it would be more common to refer to a relation in the third person (eg with お
    さんが...) than to use あなた. (Interestingly, this is also common in English, but typically only with small children, where parents tend to refer to themselves in the third person.)
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