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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散 means 'scatter'

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Strokes : 12    Frequency: 750   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-18    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: 31    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 93 words   Used in 257 words   Used in 51 names   Component in 3 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   らす to scatter, to distribute   らかす to scatter around   らかる to be in disorder    to fall (leaves etc)
Kun   らばる to be scattered about   ばら   -ちらす   ばらける
Name    ちる
Left side does not exist as an independent kanji, although is close.
⿰  ⿱   () together   month; moon   strike  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 散 is used 9 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 散 is used 247 times, read 4 ways (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.
サン : 188 words FIND ALL
walk; stroll
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サン (read as ざん) : 2 words FIND ALL
cropped head
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ばら : 10 words FIND ALL
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らす : 46 words FIND ALL
'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to fall (e.g. blossoms, leaves)
2. to scatter; to be dispersed
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(read as ちり) : 1 word FIND ALL
1. ceramic spoon
2. fallen lotus petal
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Henshall: 519 (originally: 492)  Joy o' Kanji : 492  Key to Kanji: 397 

Cascading kanji view

サン   ちらす to scatter, to distribute   ちらかす to scatter around   ちらかる to be in disorder   ち to fall (leaves etc)   
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ぼく strike   
ガツ   ゲツ   つき month; moon   
キョウ   とも together   
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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.