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:
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Japanese for Busy People

The Japanese for Busy People textbook series from AJALT, the Association of Japanese Language Teachers, is one of the most widely-used series of graded textbooks for learning Japanese. Kanshudo's creator used it himself!
You are not logged in to Kanshudo, so only the first of the Japanese for Busy People collections is available (the Book I Appendix).

Registered Users have access to both Book I collections and the first three from Book II. Registration is free and immediate, and brings many benefits including favorites, flashcards, and more. Please REGISTER now, or if you are already registered, click here to LOG IN.

To access all 40 Japanese for Busy People collections, GO PRO!
Here we present a series of collections of the kanji introduced in the second edition of each of the three textbooks. For each collection, you can quickly create flashcards so you can study the kanji on your computer or smartphone.
Note: if you are studying the current (third) edition, please click here.

Book I

Book I mostly avoids kanji, presenting words that would normally be written with kanji in either kana or romaji (depending on which version you buy). At the front of the book is a section showing commonly-encountered signs, and an appendix includes 20 of the simplest kanji.
Appendix - 20 simple kanji Signs in daily life

Book II

Book II starts introducing kanji in earnest, with a total of 219 in 20 chapters. Click on the chapter number to see the collection of kanji introduced in that chapter.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Book III

Book III keeps up the pace, with 119 new kanji in another 20 chapters. Click on the chapter number to see the collection of kanji introduced in that chapter.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
For more learning tools and games, take the Tour. To view all collections, click here.