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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
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Grammar detail: ないわけにはいかない

ないわけにはいかない - can't very well not do; have to do
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When わけにはいかない follows a negative clause, as we would expect 'can't very well ~' now becomes 'can't very well not ~'. In English a more natural way of saying 'can't very well not' would often be 'have to do' or 'must do'.
I can't very well not go and see such an interesting-sounding movie.
You can't just do nothing.
'Have to do' or 'must do' are also how two other expressions 'しなければなりません' and 'しなくてはいけません' might be translated. However, where those expressions imply a legal or formal requirement to do something, わけにはいかない implies more of a sense of 'moral' obligation. For example, if a worker made an error, the manager may well say:
I can't very well not get angry. I can't very well let this go.
However, the manager would be unlikely to use one of the other expressions, such as 部下を怒らなければならない, because that would mean 'I must get angry (according to the rule book).'
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Kanji used in this grammar

メン   おもて mask, features, surface   おも surface   つら face   
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ハク   ビャク   しろ white   しろ    しら-    
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エイ   はえる to shine   うつ to be reflected   うつ to reflect, project   
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ガ   カク   draw
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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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コウ   ギョウ   アン   ゆ    い to go   おこな to take place   
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ブ   part
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カ   ゲ   した below, under   しも bottom part   もと under (influence)   さげる to lower, to reduce   さがる to be lowered   くだ to descend   くだ to judge   くださる to give   おろす to drop off (passenger)   おりる to get off (train)   
ド   angry   おこ    いか to be angry   
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カ   なに    なん what?   
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