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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.
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The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
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  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
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薄 means 'thin'

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Strokes : 16    Frequency: 854   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-9    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 43    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 125 words   Used in 185 words   Used in 110 names   Component in 3 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   うす thin   うすめる to dilute   うすまる to be watered down   うすれる   うすらぐ to decline, fade
Kun    うす-   -うす   うすら-   すすき
Lower portion exists as a rare kanji,
⿱   () grass  ⿰   () water   specialist; expert  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 薄 is used 17 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 薄 is used 176 times, read 3 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.
ハク : 46 words FIND ALL
frivolous; superficial
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ハク (read as はっ) : 16 words FIND ALL
peppermint beverage; mentha water
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ハク (read as ぱく) : 2 words FIND ALL
shallowness; superficiality
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すすき : 1 word FIND ALL
Japanese pampas grass (Miscanthus sinensis); silver grass; zebra grass  (often written with kana only)
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うす : 111 words FIND ALL
0 2
2. pale; light
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Henshall: 1699  Joy o' Kanji : 1699  Key to Kanji:

Cascading kanji view

ハク   うす thin   うすめる to dilute   うすまる to be watered down   うすれる    うすらぐ to decline, fade   
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セン   specialist; expert   もっぱ entirely, wholely   
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スン   inch
イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ユ   ユウ   ユイ   よし reason   
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スイ   みず water   
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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.