Welcome to Kanshudo Kanji Builder

Choose which kanji you want to build in Kanji Builder:

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 3648 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!
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Change component list
By default the component builder shows the most common components (themselves joyo kanji, or used in at least 3 other joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Help with the component builder
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.
For any components you recognize, if you know the English meaning or name, start typing it in the text area. Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Alternatively, count the strokes of the component, and scan the list to find it visually.
To find the kanji :
  • Notice that it is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫.
  • 氵 艹 口 all have three strokes, so you could look in the list in the 3 stroke section. 夫 has four strokes.
  • Alternatively, you could start typing 'water' (氵), 'grass' (艹), 'mouth' (口) or 'husband' (夫) in the search area, and the components will be highlighted in yellow.
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.