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
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: 連体形(れんたいけい)

連体形(れんたいけい) - attributive (noun-modifying) form
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is a common form in Japanese. Technically it is known as the 'attributive' form, but a literal translation of the Japanese is a little more useful: 連 = to take, to lead + 体 = body + 形 = form: the 連体形 is the form of a verb or adjective used to modify a noun.
In general the 連体形 is the name of the form of a noun or adjective used to modify or classify the noun. For example, when using こと or もの after an adjective or verb, the form of the adjective or verb is called 連体形. In practice, the standard 連体形 form of verbs and adjectives is the dictionary form. However, alternatives exist, such as the archaic き form of adjectives.
Other terms meaning the same thing
You may also see the English term 'noun or verb acting pronominally' - this is another term for the same concept: a word in the form used to modify another noun (pre = before, nominal = relating to a noun).
In Japanese you may encounter the terms
, which refer to words or phrases respectively acting in this way.
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Kanji used in this grammar

レン   つれる to take, to lead   つらねる to line up   つらなる to extend   
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タイ   テイ   からだ body   
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ケイ   ギョウ   shape   かたち    かた    
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シュウ   シュ   おさめる to master   
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ショク   かざ to decorate   
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ゴ   かた to talk, relate   かたらう to talk together, chat   
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セツ   セチ   ふし occasion, time   
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