Kanshudo Component Builder
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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: 物(もの)vs 事(こと)

物(もの)vs 事(こと) - things
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mean 'thing', but their usage is slightly different.
usually refers to tangible objects, and it can be appended to the stem of a verb to refer to an object on which the verb can be performed. The best example is
, food - literally 'a thing on which eating can be performed'. (The expression 食べる物 would be used if you wanted to explicitly refer to 'something to eat'.) In regional dialects, もの is often abbreviated to もん.
usually refers to intangible things or activities. For example, いい事 means 'a good thing'. The expression 食べる事 would refer to the act of eating, rather than the thing eaten.
Addition of a word to a verb is technically known as 'nominalization' - turning a verb (eg
る, to run) into a noun (走ること, the act of running). Several terms can be used to perform nominalization in Japanese, including もの, こと, and の.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ブツ   モツ   もの thing   
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ジ   ズ   こと thing; matter   
ショク   ジキ    food   たべる to eat   く to eat   
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ソウ   はし run   
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