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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.
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  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
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山 means 'mountain'

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Strokes : 3    Radical number: 46    Frequency: 60   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-2    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 2    Beginner lesson: 5   Begins 308 words   Used in 671 words   Used in 22135 names   Component in 300 kanji (29 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   やま mountain
On    セン
Name    さ   やの   やん
If you've ever wondered how to move mountains, just look to the 'mountain' radical 山 to see how it's done! This radical shifts to the left in (1799: peak, mountaintop; ridge), the top in (248: beach), and the bottom in (1082: mountain, peak, point), changing its Japanese name as it goes.
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 山 is used 34 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation). 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 山 is used 605 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations). 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
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.
サン (read as ざん) : 158 words FIND ALL
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サン : 148 words FIND ALL
among the mountains
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セン : 5 words FIND ALL
Nakasendo (Edo-period Edo-Kyoto highway)  (see also: 東海道)
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やま : 292 words FIND ALL
noun, counter
1. mountain; hill
2. mine (e.g. coal mine)
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やん: 1 word. FIND ALL
mountain areas of Kunigami County in Northern Okinawa
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Part of a non-standard reading: 1 word. FIND ALL
festival car (float)  (often written with kana only)
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Henshall: 58 (originally: 24)  Joy o' Kanji : 24  Key to Kanji: 396 

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サン   やま mountain   
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