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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
  • Don't draw more than one component at a time
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Grammar detail: 万葉仮名(まんようがな)

万葉仮名(まんようがな)
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まんようがな
万葉仮名
, literally 'ten thousand leaves kana', is the earliest form of kana used in Japanese.
When Chinese characters were first imported by monks and scholars to write the Japanese language, characters with similar sounds in Chinese were used to represent the sounds of Japanese, but with no respect to the actual meanings of the characters. Japanese words, most with multiple syllables, were written with multiple Chinese characters, and many different characters were used to represent the same sound with no standardization.
Over time, the characters used were standardized to a smaller set, and over even more time, elements of the original Chinese characters were extracted for ease of writing, and these became modern day hiragana and katakana.
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Kanji used in this grammar

マン   バン    10,000   
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ヨウ   leaf   は leaves   
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カ   ケ   かり temporary, provisional, tentative   
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メイ   ミョウ   な name   
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