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.

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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
  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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巾 means 'turban' or 'cloth'

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Strokes : 3    Radical number: 50    Frequency: 2051   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-39    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 12 words   Used in 48 words   Used in 127 names   Component in 185 kanji (33 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On    フク
Kun    おお   ちきり   きれ
The primary meaning of 巾 is 'cloth'. Originally in China it was used to refer to a piece of cloth worn on the head, hence on Kanshudo we use the meaning 'turban' in mnemonics. It also carries similar meanings such as 'scarf' and 'towel', and unrelated meanings such as 'width' and 'hanging scroll'.
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 巾 - click the badge to download
This versatile character helps you discuss anything from dishrags to the width of a waterfall. It's in 巾着 (pouch), which has influenced both fashion and food (having lent its pyramidal shape to two dishes that are considered lucky). As a radical, 巾 pops up in scads of kanji, including some of the first ones you learned.
Essay 1989 on 巾 (cloth; 'cloth' radical) tells you all about this radical, which inserts itself into scads of kanji, including some of the first you ever learned: (130: city; market) and (520: seat).
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 巾 is used 2 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 巾 is used 33 times, read 1 way (with 1 variation).
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.
キン : 30 words FIND ALL
house-cloth; dust cloth
(click the word to view an additional 2 forms, examples and links)
キン (read as ぎん) : 3 words FIND ALL
sea anemone  (often written with kana only)
(click the word to view an additional 2 forms, examples and links)
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 1989  Key to Kanji:

Cascading kanji view

キン   turban; cloth
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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.