Kanshudo Component Builder
Draw a component:
Type a component or its name:
Choose from a list:
Change component list
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:
Let us know!

Understanding Inflections and Conjugations

Kanshudo's tools for understanding and learning inflections and conjugations
Kanshudo includes several sophisticated tools to help you understand and use inflections and verb conjugations. See below to get started!
Tip: look for the inflections icon   - anywhere you see it, there will be a link to click for more detail.
1. How to view inflections / conjugations of a word
Anywhere you see a word summary bar in Kanshudo (with the word in a green box, and the meaning next to it), click on the word (the green box) for more details. In the quick summary view that appears, you'll see a link labelled INFLECTIONS. Clicking that will show you a table with the most common inflections of that word, and at the bottom of the table will be another link labelled ALL INFLECTIONS, which will take you to a page with more detail.
Try it now with this word:
1. study
2. diligence
(click the word to view an additional 1 meaning, examples and links)
2. How to understand a word you know is inflected
One of the hardest challenges in Japanese is understanding how a word is formed by combining several inflections. Kanshudo makes this easy: just search for the inflected word in Quick Search. Kanshudo Search will 'deinflect' any words it thinks might be inflected, and will display dictionary forms of words that could potentially be the basis of the word you are looking for.
Whenever possible, Kanshudo will also try to identify how a dictionary form could be inflected to match your search term. For example, try the following searches:
Quick Search will also include any example sentences which include your search term (or you can search for example sentences only in Example Search). This will enable you to gain a deeper insight into the meaning of your word by seeing it in context.
For example, consider this sentence:
Thanks for bringing me here.
The details page (which you can reach by clicking the DETAILS link) shows how the complex word 連れてきてもらえて actually combines four different forms like this:
Each form used is linked to an article in the Grammar Library so you can learn how it works in detail.
3. Kanshudo's Inflection Showcase
Kanshudo's Inflection Showcase provides a very quick and easy way to generate either basic or complex inflections for all common parts of speech. Use it to track down a specific conjugation, or see the difference between the same inflection for different verb forms. Below each list of inflections is a link to run a special word search which will show you all Japanese words tagged as the part of speech you have selected - a great way to find similar words.