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Kanshudo Component Builder Help
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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:
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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:
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  • 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
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節 means 'occasion'

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Strokes : 13    Frequency: 842   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Challenge set: 3    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 63 words   Used in 317 words   Used in 268 names   Component in 4 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   セツ   セチ
   ふし occasion, time
Kun    -ぶし   のっと
Name    たかし
节 (Chinese)     
⿱   () bamboo   an instant  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 節 is used 6 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 節 is used 307 times, read 4 ways (with 5 variations).
セツ : 205 words FIND ALL
セツ (read as せっ) : 38 words FIND ALL
seasonal festival
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セチ : 4 words FIND ALL
food served during the New Year's Holidays
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ふし : 24 words FIND ALL
1. turning point; critical juncture
2. knot (in a tree, etc.)  (this meaning is restricted to form 節目)
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のっと : 1 word FIND ALL
knot (nautical mile per hour)  (often written with kana only)
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ふし (read as ぶし) : 31 words FIND ALL
flaked bonito
ふし (read as ぷし) : 2 words FIND ALL
1. joint (between bones)
2. backbone; spirit
たかし: 1 word. FIND ALL
successive teacher; successive master
ぜっ: 1 word. FIND ALL
baby's first annual festival
(click the word to view an additional 2 forms, examples and links)
Henshall: 552 (originally: 523)  Joy o' Kanji : 523  Key to Kanji: 623 

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セツ   セチ   ふし occasion, time   
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ソク    an instant   
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ラ   リョウ   よ good   
チク   たけ bamboo   
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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.