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.

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
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Point of interest: the origin of ありがとう

the origin of ありがとう
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ありがとう is one of the most common words in Japanese - it's used almost every day by any Japanese person, and is one of the first words a student learns. It means 'thank you', and is used to express gratitude for something.
In modern Japanese it is usually written with kana, but it can also be written with kanji and okurigana in several ways, most commonly
う. This combines
る (to exist) with
い (difficult), and is descended from the classical adjective form ありがたし, which did in fact originally mean 'extremely uncommon' or by extension 'rare and precious'. The phrase ありがたきもの occurs in one of Japan's earliest novels, The Pillow Book, to mean 'it is hard to live'.
Over time, however, the phrase began to be used not just to express the rarity of an object, but gratitude for the possibility of possessing such a rare object. Over time, it became a way of expressing gratitude generally.
From time to time you may hear the suggestion that ありがとう is connected with the Portuguese word obrigado, which sounds similar, and also means thank you. However, the two words evolved entirely separately - the Japanese word was in use well before any contact between Japan and Portugal, and the Portuguese word derives originally from the Latin root 'obligare' (the origin of oblige and obligation etc. in English).

Kanji used in this point of interest

ユウ   ウ   あ to possess; to exist   
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ナン   むずかしい difficult   かた hard   
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