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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白 means 'white'

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Strokes : 5    Radical number: 106    Frequency: 196   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Challenge set: 3    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 4    Beginner lesson: 12   Begins 392 words   Used in 650 words   Used in 2376 names   Component in 105 kanji (35 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ハク   ビャク
   しろ white   しろ   しら-
Name    あき   か   はっ
See how this radical is on duty in just five Jōyō kanji, including (67: hundred) and (551: mark, target; adjectival ending), and means 'white' in exactly none of them!
⿱   () katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from   sun; day  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 白 is used 25 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations). 1 words use a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 白 is used 649 times, read 4 ways (with 5 variations). 1 words use a non-standard reading.
ハク : 239 words FIND ALL
white person; Caucasian
ハク (read as ぱく) : 51 words FIND ALL
innocence (i.e. not guilty); purity; uprightness
ハク (read as はっ) : 23 words FIND ALL
ビャク : 9 words FIND ALL
1. bai zhi (Chinese name for angelica species Angelica dahurica); traditional Chinese cure made from the root of this plant  (see also: 鎧草; often written with kana only)
2. Heracleum nipponicum (species of hogweed)  (see also: 花独活)
(click the word to view an additional 2 forms)
ビャク (read as びゃっ) : 1 word FIND ALL
albino fox; white (spiritual) fox
(click the word to view an additional 1 reading)
しろ : 144 words FIND ALL
しら- (read as しら) : 60 words FIND ALL
plain wood; unfinished woodwork
しろ (read as じろ) : 40 words FIND ALL
1. pale; pallid
2. bluish-white
(click the word to view an additional 2 forms)
Unclassified: 81 words. FIND ALL
plain; frank; candid; open; direct; straightforward; unabashed; blatant; flagrant  (often written with kana only)
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Part of a non-standard reading: 1 word. FIND ALL
white hair; grey hair; gray hair
(click the word to view an additional 3 readings and 2 forms)
Henshall: 53 (originally: 65)  Joy o' Kanji : 65  Key to Kanji: 863 

Cascading kanji view

ハク   ビャク   しろ white   しろ    しら-    
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from   
ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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