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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文 means 'literature'

Animation / stroke order not available.
Strokes : 4    Radical number: 67    Frequency: 88   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-3    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 8    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 375 words   Used in 1265 words   Used in 2038 names   Component in 43 kanji (8 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ブン   モン
   ふみ a letter
Kun    あや
Name    かざり   ふ   も
Find out about a shape common to both (336: opposite; to oppose) and (1056: mosquito), and see why this radical would be tucked inside (2098: spot). Hint: 文 hasn't always meant 'character'!
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 文 is used 38 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 文 is used 1229 times, read 4 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.
ブン : 759 words FIND ALL
1. culture; civilization; civilisation
2. Bunka era (1804.2.11-1818.4.22)
(click the word for examples and links)
モン : 160 words FIND ALL
order; request
(click the word to view an additional 2 forms, examples and links)
ふみ : 7 words FIND ALL
letter; writings
(click the word to view an additional 2 forms, examples and links)
あや : 6 words FIND ALL
1. figure; design  (often written with kana only)
2. twill weave; pattern of diagonal stripes
(click the word to view an additional 5 meanings and 1 form, examples and links)
ふみ (read as ぶみ) : 12 words FIND ALL
stone monument bearing an inscription (esp. memorial for future generations); stele; stela
(click the word to view an additional 2 forms, examples and links)
ふ: 2 words. FIND ALL
box to hold letters
(click the word to view an additional 1 reading, examples and links)
も: 283 words. FIND ALL
1. letter (of alphabet); character
2. literal
(click the word to view an additional 1 reading and 2 forms, examples and links)
Henshall: 77 (originally: 68)  Joy o' Kanji : 68  Key to Kanji: 936 

Cascading kanji view

ブン   モン    literature   ふみ a letter   
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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.