Kanshudo Component Builder
Draw a component:
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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: CJK compatibility ideographs

CJK compatibility ideographs
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When the ability to display kanji on computer screens was first developed, different countries developed different approaches in parallel, and several ways of 'encoding' kanji, as well as several different 'character sets' were created. Today, these sets have largely been unified and subsumed into Unicode, a standardized set of all characters in all languages.
In some cases, the same character was represented in multiple character sets in different ways, even though the different versions might look identical. This can cause problems - for example, pasting one version into a dictionary may not return the expected results, because the dictionary's version of a word uses another version of the character.
To address this issue, a special set of Unicode characters known as 'CJK Compatibility Ideographs' was developed. Characters in this set act as 'pointers' to the preferred version of a character with multiple conflicting versions.
In some cases, though, the preferred version of the character is visually a little different. This can also cause confusing results, because applications that perform 'Unicode normalization' will automatically replace the 'compatibility' version with the 'preferred' version. This can mean that the character you enter in a search appears to change to another character.
For example, consider the character . This character was originally included in the Shift JIS encoding of Japanese, the most commonly used until Unicode. It is actually an earlier variant of the modern Joyo kanji : in the original Shift JIS variant, the left side, which is a form of , actually looks closer to it than the left side of the Joyo version, where one stroke is missing. However, if you paste into any text box in Safari, you will notice that what actually appears is !
Another commonly encountered example is , which is an older form of - an extra dot is present to the top right of the 日. is a common component, used in 19 Joyo kanji - and in almost all of them, the modern version (without the dot) is used. But not all! In and you can see the dot is still present.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ロウ   ほがらか cheerful; melodious   
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リョウ   よ good   
シャ   もの person, someone   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
はし chopsticks   
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ト   かける to gamble, wager, bet   
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