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: 疫神(えきじん)と福神(ふくじん)

疫神(えきじん)と福神(ふくじん) - gods, good and bad
238 words
This article is based on the essay on 疫 in the Joy o' Kanji essay collection.
In ancient Japan, gods played many roles. The primary religion of ancient Japan, Shinto, was 'pantheonic' - worshippers believed in multiple gods. As in other pantheonic religions, a different god served a different purpose, and so the pantheon as a whole reflected the values and considerations of society. In Japan, there were at least 20 major deities, and many more minor players.
A recent book that takes on the challenge of elucidating this has the following title:
title (book, album etc.)
The God Who Spreads Infectious Diseases and the God of Fortune
Since the ancient Japanese believed illness was spread by gods, it’s no wonder that they had rituals to keep such deities away. Actually, that practice is ongoing. Japanese Wikipedia says that since the Heian era (794–1185), the imperial household has performed certain religious rituals to exorcise epidemics. And, in accordance with both religious and folk beliefs, some laypeople try to stave off epidemics with the help of woodblock prints. The pictures, which are treated as charms, go on the walls or doors of houses and show a Buddhist priest named
who supposedly turned into a horned demon so that he could fight off epidemics. People therefore worship him at shrines as if he were a god. He also goes by two other names:
(literally “great priest with horns”) and
(literally “great priest of January 3”) because he died on January 3 in the lunar calendar. The 元 means “New Year,” and the 三 represents “the third day.”

Kanji used in this point of interest

リョウ   よ good   
ゲン   みなもと source, origin   
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カク   かど corner   つの horn   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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シ    teacher; army   
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ゲン   ガン   origin; original   もと origin   
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サン   み    みっ three   
エキ   ヤク    epidemic   
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シン   ジン   かみ    かん-    こう- god   
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フク    fortune, blessing   
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