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!

My intermediate lessons

We have released a new and improved set of Intermediate Lessons! The new lessons cover the same kanji, but with more games and exercises, and a greatly improved user interface. The lessons also cover associated grammar points. Would you like to switch to the new lessons now?
You can also check out the new lessons without switching. Your study recommendations will continue to point to the current lessons, but any work you do on the new lessons will count towards your Japanese Mastery Level.
In this graded series of lessons we will take you step-by-step through to about 1000 kanji. This lesson series is designed for students who have already mastered the basics - hiragana, katakana, and basic grammar. (If you are just beginning your studies, start with our Beginner Lessons.)
We call this the '53 stages of the Kanshudo', after the famous series of ukiyo-e by Hiroshige. As with the ukiyo-e series, there are actually 55 stages! Each stage contains 18 kanji, and the full series of lessons contains all kanji required for levels N5 to N2 of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), the standard indicator of Japanese ability used by universities and employers.
Lessons 1-5 recap the first 100 kanji introduced in the Beginner Lessons, but with more complex vocabulary and grammar.
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