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



For details of all components and their English names, see the Component collections.
Kanshudo Component Builder Help
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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
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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:
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Welcome to Kanshudo Kanji Builder

Choose which kanji you want to build in Kanji Builder:

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Kanshudo classifies all kanji by usefulness level, in order to help you learn the most useful kanji first. Usefulness level 1 represents the most useful kanji, and usefulness levels 1 to 5 cover all Jōyō kanji. For more information see your personal kanji wheel and our how-to guide to kanji usefulness.
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Draw on the full range of 12111 kanji with composition data in the Kanshudo system!

Choose your game mode:

In study mode, you can use as much help as you need, and you can jump to drawing practice and back again from each kanji. You can also practice building a kanji multiple times.
Use high score mode to test your kanji building prowess! You get 5 'lives' - you lose a life each time you use a help function, guess incorrectly, or pass on a kanji. It's challenging! See how many kanji you can build!
Note: you can save your preferences if you are logged in to Kanshudo.
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