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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.
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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
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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: particle か

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JLPT:
particle か - embedded / indirect questions
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When か is added to a plain form clause, the clause can be used as if it were a noun, and 'embedded' in a larger sentence as an indirect question.
Another way of looking at this is that a standard ます form question ending in か can be used as an indirect question by converting it to the plain form.
For example, here's a ます form direct question:
デパートどこ
Where is the department store?
By putting the verb, あります, into the plain form, we now have a clause (デパートはどこにあるか) which functions grammatically as a noun. We can use that however we wish - for example, we could use it to create a slightly more polite version of our original question:
デパートどこ
っています

Do you know where the department store is?
This type of indirection is an extremely common way to be polite in Japanese.
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