Kanshudo Component Builder
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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
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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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勤 means 'work'

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Strokes : 12    Frequency: 904   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Challenge set: 8    Grade: 6   Intermediate lesson: 32    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 64 words   Used in 130 words   Used in 63 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   キン   ゴン
   つとめる to work   つとまる to be fit for
Kun    -づと   いそしむ
⿰   violet   effort  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 勤 is used 11 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 勤 is used 129 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
キン : 103 words FIND ALL
commuting to work
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ゴン : 3 words FIND ALL
religious service  (Buddhist term)
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つとめる : 19 words FIND ALL
1. service; duty; business; responsibility; task
2. Buddhist religious services
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つとめる (read as づと) : 2 words FIND ALL
working for a company; being employed by a company
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いそしむ : 2 words FIND ALL
to endeavor; to endeavour; to work hard (at)
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Henshall: 853 (originally: 842)  Joy o' Kanji : 842  Key to Kanji: 226 

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キン   ゴン   つとめる to work   つとまる to be fit for   
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キン   すみれ violet   
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シュ   ス   master   ぬし landlord   おも main   
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オウ    king   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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リョク   リキ   ちから effort; power   
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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.