Kanshudo Component Builder
Draw a component:
Type a component or its name:
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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: Japanese punctuation

Japanese punctuation
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In general Japanese punctuation mirrors English punctuation. Each sentence is ended with a period (。), known as
, and clauses are delineated with commas (、), known as
. Various types of parenthesis perform similar functions. Below are the key symbols and some notes on their usage.

Brackets / parentheses

In Japanese, the 'ink-filled' brackets【 】are common, as are angle brackets〈 〉in addition to double-sized versions of standard brackets.


In Japanese an ellipsis (three or some other number of consecutive dots) is common, and typically uses the ellipsis character: …

Interpunct or middle dot

In Japanese, similar words or alternatives that might be separated with a slash ('/') in English, are often separated with an 'interpunct': ・

Quotation marks

Quotation marks in Japanese are used in the same way as English, but look quite different: 「 」


In Japanese, italics and bold text are less common used. A word or phrase is usually emphasized by adding a 'side dot' to each character, typically: ﹅ (known as the
ゴマ, or 'black sesame (seed)'.

Comma -

In Japanese, the comma (、) is used quite similarly to the comma in English - to introduce a short pause into a sentence, or to make sense of a clause by separating it from what follows.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ク    verse, phrase   
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テン    spot, point   
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ドク   トク   トウ   よ to read   
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(sesame dot)
コク   くろ    くろ black   
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