Kanshudo Component Builder
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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
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丹 means 'rust' or 'vermilion'

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Strokes : 4    Frequency: 1209   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-14    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 22 words   Used in 70 words   Used in 691 names   Component in 5 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
Kun    あか rust-coloured   に rust-colored, red; red lead; elixir for longevity; sincerity
Name    た   たみ   まこと
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Find out which hues 丹 represents. (It’s complicated!) Learn to use 丹 to discuss great effort and careful work. See how a mineral gave rise to the shape and meaning of our kanji, and find out why the ancient Chinese fatally consumed this mineral in the pursuit of immortality. Also see why the Japanese revere the peony, and read about its connection to mochi, windfalls, and shrimp.
⿻   wide  ⿱   dot   one  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 丹 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 丹 is used 58 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations).
Note: kanji quick view shows the most useful word for each reading which is also the most common variant, and in the 10,000 most useful words in Japanese. Words shown here draw from all words in Japanese and include less common forms.
タン : 47 words FIND ALL
1. tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa); moutan  (often written with kana only)
2. wild boar (meat)
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タン (read as だん) : 1 word FIND ALL
(ancient) China  (orig. from the Sanskrit 'Cinasthana')
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に : 6 words FIND ALL
red earth (i.e. containing cinnabar or minium); vermilion
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👌あか (read as あか) : 1 word FIND ALL
2. Red (i.e. communist)
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た: 3 words. FIND ALL
godsend; windfall  (see also: 棚から牡丹餅; abbreviation; often written with kana only)
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Henshall: 1563  Joy o' Kanji : 1563  Key to Kanji:

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タン   rust; vermilion
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.