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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肉 means 'meat'

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Strokes : 6    Radical number: 130    Frequency: 550   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-8    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 14    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 100 words   Used in 245 words   Used in 24 names   Component in 10 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
Kun    しし meat
When 肉 appears in this form as a component, we use the key meaning 'meat'. When it appears in its abbreviated form, , we use 'body part '
Radical 74, , also usually appears in kanji in exactly the same form as the abbreviated ('joining') form of 肉. To distinguish the two, in Kanshudo we use the character as the component when it represents 肉, and or when it represents moon.
Learn about the pleasures of the flesh with the radical that pops up inside 20 Jōyō kanji for body parts, from (954: brain) to (2100: knee, lap). Okay, not quite head to toe, but close!
⿵   inside   person  
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 month; moon  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 肉 is used 9 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 肉 is used 226 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.
ニク : 216 words FIND ALL
1. flesh
2. meat
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ニク (read as にっ) : 6 words FIND ALL
Japanese cinnamon (Cinnamomum japonicum)  (often written with kana only)
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しし : 2 words FIND ALL
expression, 'ru' godan verb
to slim down; to lose weight  (see also: 肉が落ちる)
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しし (read as じし) : 2 words FIND ALL
0 3 4
corpulent; fat; chubby
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Henshall: 209 (originally: 365)  Joy o' Kanji : 365  Key to Kanji: 833 

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ニク   meat
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ナイ   ダイ   うち inside   
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ジン   ニン   ひと person   
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