Kanshudo Component Builder
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Kanshudo Component Builder Help
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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:
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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:
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  • 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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天 means 'heaven'

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Strokes : 4    Frequency: 159   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-2    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 4    Beginner lesson: 8   Begins 512 words   Used in 804 words   Used in 2587 names   Component in 48 kanji (9 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   あめ   あま- heaven
Kun    あまつ
Name    あき   あも   た   たかし   て   なま
⿱   one   big  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 天 is used 25 times, read 1 way. 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 天 is used 726 times, read 3 ways (with 3 variations). 2 words use a non-standard reading.
テン : 700 words FIND ALL
1. weather; the elements  (see also: お天気, 気象)
2. fair weather; fine weather
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テン (read as でん) : 2 words FIND ALL
short-lived rule; being in power only for a brief period; brief championship  (yojijukugo)
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あめ : 2 words FIND ALL
noun or verb acting prenominally
heavenly; celestial; divine
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あま- (read as あま) : 16 words FIND ALL
1. retiring high-ranking government officials taking a lucrative job in a private or semi-private corporation
2. command (from superior to inferior, government to private sector, etc.); order; imposition
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て: 3 words. FIND ALL
1. Portuguese Jesuits (in Japan in the 16th century)  (originally from Portuguese 'padre')
2. Christianity; Christian
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あっ: 1 word. FIND ALL
3 0 1
1. splendid; praiseworthy; admirable; brilliant  (often written with kana only)
interjection (kandoushi)
2. well done!; bravo!  (often written with kana only)
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Part of a non-standard reading: 2 words. FIND ALL
Emperor of Japan
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Henshall: 67 (originally: 58)  Joy o' Kanji : 58  Key to Kanji: 777 

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テン   あめ    あま- heaven   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
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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.