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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魂 means 'soul'

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Strokes : 14    Frequency: 1380   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-20    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 13 words   Used in 71 words   Used in 20 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   たましい soul, spirit
Kun    たま
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As you can see from terms such as 魂 (the Japanese spirit), (the soul of language), and (having a samurai's spirit and a merchant's business sense), matters of the soul and spirit are important in Japan. Learn to talk about putting your heart and soul into something, plus kanji as the soul of Japan. Also find out how to welcome back dead spirits on o-Bon.
⿰   say   ogre  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 魂 is used 5 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 魂 is used 67 times, read 3 ways (with 3 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.
コン : 38 words FIND ALL
1 0 3
1. ulterior motive; plot; scheme
2. complicated circumstances; intricacies
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コン (read as ごん) : 3 words FIND ALL
reviving the dead; calling back the spirits of the dead
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たま : 14 words FIND ALL
spirit who possesses a wondrous power
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たましい : 5 words FIND ALL
soul; spirit
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たま (read as だま) : 5 words FIND ALL
4 5
guts; pluck; nerve; spirit
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たましい (read as だましい) : 2 words FIND ALL
unyielding spirit; indomitable spirit
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Henshall: 1280  Joy o' Kanji : 1280  Key to Kanji:

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コン   たましい soul, spirit   
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キ   おに ogre   
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stony rice field
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デン   た rice field   
ム   private
ウン    say   
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ニ   ふた    ふた two   
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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.