Kanshudo Component Builder
Draw a component:
Type a component or its name:
Choose from a list:
Change component list
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.

For details of all components and their English names, see the Component collections.
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
Not finding your component?
If you believe you've drawn your component correctly but the system is not recognizing it, please:
Let us know!

駆 means 'gallop'

Animation / stroke order not available.
LOG IN to view this kanji's mnemonic
Strokes : 14    Frequency: 878   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Challenge set: 3    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 53 words   Used in 90 words   Used in 17 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   ける to gallop, run    to drive, to spur on
Most terms with 駆 will leave you breathless. It lies at the heart of words for "footrace," "rushing in at the last minute," and "pioneer" (one who has raced ahead of the pack). You'll learn to say, "He ran up the stairs panting," "Her desire to be a doctor spurred her on," and "He was driven by revenge." Find out why signs about Cinderella hang in Japanese subway stations!
This is a synopsis of Joy o' Kanji's in-depth essay on 駆
⿰   horse   ward  
Explore these components visually on The Kanji Map ⇗
LOG IN to view kanji mastery data
LOG IN to view your flashcards
In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 駆 is used 6 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 駆 is used 87 times, read 2 ways (with 2 variations).
ク : 46 words FIND ALL
1. forerunner; pioneer; precursor  (see also: 先駆け; historically more common but in modern Japanese 先駆け is used)
2. herald
(click the word to view an additional 1 meaning, examples and links)
ク (read as ぐ) : 1 word FIND ALL
1. outrider (person riding horseback in the lead position of a cavalcade); outriding
2. harbinger; herald; precursor; forerunner; foretoken
(click the word to view an additional 2 readings and 1 meaning, examples and links)
ける : 36 words FIND ALL
'ru' godan verb, transitive verb
to drive (car); to spur on; to impel
(click the word for examples and links)
ける (read as が) : 4 words FIND ALL
charging ahead of others; the first to charge; pioneer; forerunner; harbinger
(click the word to view an additional 2 forms, examples and links)
Henshall: 1183  Joy o' Kanji : 1183  Key to Kanji:

Cascading kanji view

ク   かける to gallop, run   か to drive, to spur on   
Please LOG IN to view this kanji's mnemonic
バ   うま horse   ま horse   
Please LOG IN to view this kanji's mnemonic
little bird
Please LOG IN to view this kanji's mnemonic
ク    ward   
Please LOG IN to view this kanji's mnemonic
crossed swords
side open box
Problem with this kanji? Question or comment? Please CONTACT US.
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.