Kanshudo Component Builder
Draw a component:
Type a component or its name:
Choose from a list:
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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: これ & この, それ & その, あれ & あの

これ & この, それ & その, あれ & あの - this and that
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これ means
when the target of the expression is not expressly stated.
これは難しいですね。This is difficult.
When the target is included, この is used:
この本は難しいです。This book is difficult.
それ and その are the equivalents for 'that'. あれ and あの also mean 'that', and are used when the target of the expression is not near either the speaker or the listener.
Originally, each of these words was written with kanji - for example, それ was written 其れ, これ was written 此れ. However, those forms, along with use of kanji for grammatical constructions generally, have fallen out of use.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ナン   むずかしい difficult   かた hard   
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ホン   book   もと origin   
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キ   それ    その that   
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シ   これ    この this   ここ here   
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