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!
Getting started
Navigation and help
  • For a quick introduction to Kanshudo's key features, browse the Tour
  • For more detail on all key features, see the how-to guide, How to use Kanshudo
  • To find a specific page or feature, use Site search or the quick access Visual feature index
  • Key features are accessible from the top menu of every page, which is organized by purpose: MASTERY (progress tracking), STUDY (lessons, flashcards etc), PLAY (learning games), and SEARCH
  • The bottom menu on every page provides more comprehensive links organized by content theme: INFORMATION, KANJI & KANA, WORDS, GRAMMAR, ACCOUNT, and SEARCH
  • Search index - an overview of all key ways to search Kanshudo UPDATED
  • Study index - links to all the key study systems UPDATED
  • Play index - an overview of games and exercises UPDATED
  • FAQ - for answers to any other questions
  • Support / contact - for help with any problems or inquiries
  • To get back to this index, use the Site index link in the INFORMATION AND HELP section in the menu at the bottom of any page
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How-to guides
About Japanese
  • Search index - an overview of all key ways to search Kanshudo
  • Sentence translate - English translations of Japanese sentences, with word and kanji details
  • Multi-word search - automatic search for lists of words at once
  • Search for kanji:
  • Name search - search for Japanese names in English or Japanese
  • Example search - search for English / Japanese bilingual example sentences
  • Grammar search - search for Japanese grammar and grammatical constructions
  • Search index - more detailed explanations of each of the ways to search Kanshudo, with examples
  • Search history - view your recent kanji and word searches
Kanshudo Kanji Challenge
  • Play index - more information on each of the games and exercises in Kanshudo
  • Answer Type - type the readings of words to build your vocabulary
  • Kanji Match - match kanji with their meanings to boost your kanji recognition
  • Kanji Builder - build kanji from their components
  • Kanji Draw - draw kanji from memory NEW
  • Word Match - match words with their meanings to boost your vocabulary
  • Sentence Builder - drag words to build sentences
  • Sentence Complete - drag kanji onto the blanks to complete sentences. Choose sentences to suit your study level based on their usefulness
  • Kanji Quiz - take the quiz for fun to beat your score!
  • Kanji Quiz practice - or just practice if you don't want to save your results!
  • Word Quiz - test and improve your vocabulary
  • Grammar Match - build your grammar knowledge by identifying the correct grammatical construction
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