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: 調子(ちょうし)

調子(ちょうし) - state or condition
113 words
This article is based on the essay on 冒 in the Joy o' Kanji essay collection.
In this essay, we find the following sentence:
Don’t push your luck.
This is an interesting turn of phrase. Ordinarily the term
is translated as 'condition', and this is perfectly appropriate when 調子 is found in the very common expression
い (literally, 'good condition'), which is used to describe someone as healthy.
So one might reasonably expect that the expression
る might be something to do with a health problem. However, in fact, 調子 could more literally be translated using the neutral word 'state' - in which case this expression becomes 'surmount one's state', or 'take advantage of one's state', which we can see is leading towards the idiomatic translation used here, 'push one's luck'.

Kanji used in this point of interest

チョウ   しらべる to investigate   ととの to be arranged, to be in order   ととのえる to adjust, tune   
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シ   ス   こ child   
リョウ   よ good   
ジョウ   load; power   の to board   のせる to load on   
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キ   あぶない dangerous   あやぶむ to be apprehensive of   あやうく barely, narrowly; almost   
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ケン   けわしい steep   
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ボウ   おか to brave, risk   
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