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.

For details of all components and their English names, see the Component collections.
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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星 means 'star'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 670   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Challenge set: 3    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 40    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 72 words   Used in 351 words   Used in 1216 names   Component in 10 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   セイ   ショウ
   ほし star
Kun    -ぼし
⿱   sun; day   life  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 星 is used 9 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 星 is used 337 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations).
セイ : 236 words FIND ALL
(click the word for examples and links)
ショウ (read as じょう) : 4 words FIND ALL
1. morning star; Venus  (see also: 金星)
2. preeminent person (within their own field); star (of the stage, silver screen, etc.)
(click the word for examples and links)
ショウ : 1 word FIND ALL
jack-in-the-pulpit; cobra lily (plant of genus Arisaema)  (often written with kana only)
(click the word to view an additional 1 form, examples and links)
ほし : 45 words FIND ALL
1. star; any light-emitting (or reflecting) heavenly body (except for the sun and the moon)
2. offender; perpetrator  (police slang; slang)
(click the word to view an additional 6 meanings, examples and links)
ほし (read as ぼし) : 51 words FIND ALL
1. dazzling victory
2. win of a rank-and-file wrestler over the grand champion  (sumo term)
(click the word for examples and links)
Henshall: 171 (originally: 154)  Joy o' Kanji : 154  Key to Kanji: 597 

Cascading kanji view

セイ   ショウ   ほし star   
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セイ   ショウ    life   なま raw   いかす to enliven   いきる to live   いける to arrange flowers   うまれる to be born   う to give birth to   き pure, undiluted   お to grow, to sprout   はえる to grow, to sprout   はやす to grow, cultivate   
ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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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.