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!

Welcome to Kanshudo Kanji Keywords

Kanshudo Kanji Keywords is a great way to build your knowledge of kanji and vocabulary in tandem.
One of the best ways to learn a kanji is to learn the most important word for each reading. Kanshudo Kanji Keywords will help you do just that: for each key reading of a kanji, you are presented with one keyword. Type the reading of each keyword out successfully to complete each round!
Keywords are chosen based on Kanshudo data on usefulness: for each reading, we choose the most useful word in Japanese that uses it.
Every time you complete a round of Kanji Keywords, you earn Study Points, and improve both your Kanji Mastery score and your Word Mastery score!
Try to beat your high score! You can view your scores here.
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