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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形 means 'shape'

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Strokes : 7    Frequency: 278   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Challenge set: 3    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 20    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 114 words   Used in 785 words   Used in 625 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ケイ   ギョウ
   かたち   かた    shape, form
Kun    なり   -がた
⿰   start; initiate   fur  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 形 is used 16 times, read 4 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 形 is used 759 times, read 5 ways (with 2 variations).
ケイ : 535 words FIND ALL
1. form (as opposed to substance); formality  (see also: 形式張る)
2. method; system; style
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ギョウ : 50 words FIND ALL
doll; puppet; figure
かた : 20 words FIND ALL
memento; souvenir
かたち : 13 words FIND ALL
1. form; shape; figure  (this meaning is restricted to form 形, 容)
2. visage
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なり : 11 words FIND ALL
one's appearance
かた (read as がた) : 129 words FIND ALL
mountain-shape; chevron; cone
かたち (read as がたち) : 1 word FIND ALL
over-concentrated shape (in go); placing too many stones in the same area
Henshall: 115 (originally: 104)  Joy o' Kanji : 104  Key to Kanji: 248 

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ケイ   ギョウ   shape   かたち    かた    
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start, initiate   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
twenty; two hands   
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ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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fur, bristles, beard   
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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.