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
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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
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Point of interest: English pronunciation of 日本

English pronunciation of 日本
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In Japanese, is read にっぽん, and more colloquially (and commonly) in modern times, にほん. Given that this is the Japanese pronunciation of their own word for their own country, why is Japan known as 'Japan' in English?
It turns out that the reason is that Japan was originally named by early traders and explorers. The most famous was Marco Polo, who never actually visited Japan, but heard about the islands when visiting China around the year 1300. The Chinese pronunciation for the two characters at the time was closer to 'Zi ... pun', and Marco Polo's transliteration of that was Cipangu. Other forms such as Jepang and Jipang were common amongst Malaysian and Indonesian traders and were picked up by the Portuguese. Eventually these forms combined and adapted, and the first recorded English form in 1577 was Giapan.

Kanji used in this point of interest

ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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ホン   book   もと origin   
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