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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猿 means 'monkey'

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Strokes : 13    Frequency: 1655   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-28    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 43 words   Used in 137 words   Used in 372 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   さる monkey
Name    さ   さわ   ざる   まし
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 猿 - click the badge to download
In Japanese words and expressions, the monkey alternately comes off as badly behaved, wise, foolish, cunning, imitative, and uncontrolled in its passions. The interpretations of this creature's mind shift as quickly as a monkey jumping from branch to branch. Find out the Japanese equivalents of "fighting like cats and dogs," "monkey mind," and "Curious George." Also learn about the world-famous monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.
⿰   () dog   long kimono  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 猿 is used 4 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 猿 is used 122 times, read 2 ways (with 2 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.
エン : 31 words FIND ALL
loggerheads; like cats and dogs; relationship of dogs and monkeys
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さる : 33 words FIND ALL
1. cheek pouch (monkey, squirrel, etc.)
2. iron mask that covers the chin and cheeks (worn by samurai)
(click the word to view an additional 1 meaning and 1 form, examples and links)
さる (read as ざる) : 48 words FIND ALL
small monkey; infant monkey
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まし: 10 words. FIND ALL
0 1
monkey (esp. the Japanese macaque, Macaca fuscata); ape; non-human primate
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Henshall: 1028  Joy o' Kanji : 1028  Key to Kanji:

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エン   さる monkey   
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ケン   いぬ dog   
long kimono
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イ   ころも    きぬ clothes   
コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
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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.