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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: スリバチ

スリバチ - an ingenious metaphor for hilly topography
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This article is based on the essay on 凹 in the Joy o' Kanji essay collection.
To understand the book title that follows, you need to know that a スリバチ (sometimes すり
) is a small earthenware mortar that usually takes the form of a bowl. Its largely unglazed interior has grooves that provide a cutting surface. As Wikipedia and essay 1987 on 臼 (mortar) explain, the Japanese imported the suribachi from China in about 1000 CE, initially using it to crush herbs for medicine and now using it to crush sesame seeds and the like when preparing food.
What an ingenious leap to compare Tokyo’s topography to the interior of this kind of grooved bowl!
The book is about enjoying elevation differences in Tokyo, particularly by walking in certain areas. Many people living outside of Tokyo tend to imagine it as a monotonously flat mega-city with an excess of cement and asphalt. And because Tokyo is in the Kanto Plain, they assume that it lacks the interesting hills and valleys that characterize so much of mountainous Japan. The point of the book is to show that Tokyo actually has fascinating topography and that its hills and valleys have their own long histories.
title (book, album etc.)
To Enjoy Hilliness: Walking Tokyo’s “Suribachi” Topography

Kanji used in this point of interest

ハツ   ハチ    bowl   
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キュウ   うす a mortar   
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オウ    concave   
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トツ    convex   
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ガク   ラク    music   たのしい happy, pleasant   たのしむ to be happy   
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トウ   ひがし east   
キョウ   ケイ    capital   
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チ   ジ    ground   
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ケイ   ギョウ   shape   かたち    かた    
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サン   ちらす to scatter, to distribute   ちらかす to scatter around   ちらかる to be in disorder   ち to fall (leaves etc)   
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ホ   フ   ブ   ある    あゆ to walk   
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