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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)
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The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
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彫 means 'sculpt'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 1569   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-25    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 30 words   Used in 46 words   Used in 29 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   to sculpt, to carve
Kun    -ぼ
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Do you know the purpose of the tiny sculptures known as netsukes? Do you know how a pharmacist’s mortar relates to a way of engraving? Do you know why the Japanese compare some people to sculptures or why two constellation names include 彫? Do you know about traditional tattoos that cover a great deal of the body, with the picture often coming directly from ukiyoe? You soon will!
⿰   circumference   fur  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 彫 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 彫 is used 46 times, read 2 ways (with 3 variations).
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.
チョウ : 21 words FIND ALL
carving; engraving; sculpture
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(read as ぼ) : 12 words FIND ALL
1. relief; embossed carving
2. bringing to the fore; throwing something into relief
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: 7 words FIND ALL
'ru' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to carve; to engrave; to sculpt; to chisel
2. to tattoo  (this meaning is restricted to reading ほる)
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(read as ほり) : 5 words FIND ALL
1. engraving a woodblock or seal
2. woodblock or seal engraver
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ぼり: 1 word. FIND ALL
wood sculptor; woodcarver  (see also: 木彫り職人; obscure term)
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Henshall: 1590  Joy o' Kanji : 1590  Key to Kanji:

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チョウ   ほ to sculpt, to carve   
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fur, bristles, beard   
シュウ   まわ circumference   
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ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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