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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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The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
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  • 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
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Grammar detail: nominalization with こと

nominalization with こと - create nouns from other parts of speech
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It is common in Japanese to convert phrases into nouns that can then be used as building blocks for more complex sentences. Conversion of a phrase into a noun is known as 'nominalization' (or 'nominalisation' depending on where you learned your English). Several words can be used as nominalizers, including こと, の and もの, and the situations in which they can be used vary slightly. The most common is こと (thing, object).
verb phrase using verb dictionary form
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こと
nominalizes the verb phrase. For example:
  • る run ➜ ること (the act of) running
  • む read a book ➜ むこと(the act of) reading a book
  • ごす spend time ➜ ごすこと (the act of) spending time
Here are some examples of the usage of こと in more complex sentences:
はなみ
花見
とは
はな
ながらたのしくすごすことです
Cherry blossom viewing is about viewing the flowers and having a good time.
かれ
しゅみ
趣味
えが
ことです
His hobby is painting pictures.
ブログ
こと
です
I like reading blogs.
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See also:
  • particle の - noun replacement

Kanji used in this grammar

ソウ   はし run   
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ホン   book   もと origin   
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ドク   トク   トウ   よ to read   
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ジ   とき time, occasion   
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カン   ケン   あいだ interval, between   ま space, room   
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カ   あやま mistake   あやま to slip up   すぎる to overdo, be more than   すごす to pass, spend   
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カ   はな flower   
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ケン   み to see   みえる to be seen; to appear   みせる to show   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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シュ   おもむき gist, purport; appearance   
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ミ   あじ taste   あじわう to taste   
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カイ   エ   picture
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ビョウ   か    えが to draw, depict, portray   
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コウ   この    す to like   
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