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:
Let us know!

Grammar detail: やる vs する

やる vs する - do
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やる and する are both verbs meaning 'to do'. する is the most common, and is one of the most versatile words in Japanese, since it can also be used with kanji compounds to turn them into verbs.
やる can be used in many of the situations where する is used, but it conveys a rougher, more casual tone, so in general it is best to use やる only for specific purposes, such as:

Let me do this.
  • In the form やった to invoke the sense of 'you've done it! you made it!' etc
You've done it!
  • As part of the set expression やる気
Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
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Kanji used in this grammar

キ   ケ    spirit   
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シュ   hand   て    た-    
デン   つたえる to tell, transmit   つたわる to be handed down   つた to go along   
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クン   きみ you   
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イ   えら illustrious, famous   
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フ   ブ    not   
カ    good, possible, approval   
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ノウ    ability   
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