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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狭 means 'narrow'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 1259   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-16    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 25 words   Used in 50 words   Used in 192 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   せま narrow   せばまる to become narrow   せばめる to make narrow
On    コウ
Name    はざ
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 狭 - click the badge to download
The word 'narrow' makes me think of 'skinny,' as in the delightfully named diet book Skinny Bitch. But skinny isn't what you'll find with 狭, even though it means 'narrow.' The Japanese associate 狭 with crowdedness. Learn various words for cramped spaces, from a tiny apartment to a clogged artery. We'll even cover narrow-mindedness and narrow interpretations of words. You'll get the skinny on all of it!
⿰   () dog   between  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 狭 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 狭 is used 47 times, read 4 ways (with 3 variations).
キョウ : 23 words FIND ALL
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さ : 3 words FIND ALL
`ku' adjective (archaic)
1. narrow; confined; small  (archaic)
`shiku' adjective (archaic)
2. narrow; confined; small  (archaic; this meaning is restricted to reading せばし)
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せま : 14 words FIND ALL
narrow; confined; small
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せばまる : 4 words FIND ALL
ichidan verb, transitive verb
to narrow; to reduce; to contract
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せま (read as ぜま) : 1 word FIND ALL
narrow; small; cramped
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さ (read as ざ) : 1 word FIND ALL
loophole; crenel; crenelle; arrow-slit
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はざ: 1 word. FIND ALL
1. interval; threshold; interstice
2. valley; gorge; ravine
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Henshall: 1166  Joy o' Kanji : 1166  Key to Kanji: 215 

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キョウ   せま narrow   せばまる to become narrow   せばめる to make narrow   
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フ   フウ   おっと husband   
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ニ   ふた    ふた two   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
ケン   いぬ dog   
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