Kanshudo Component Builder
Draw a component:
Type a component or its name:
Choose from a list:
Change component list
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
Not finding your component?
If you believe you've drawn your component correctly but the system is not recognizing it, please:
Let us know!

Point of interest: How Should I Learn Japanese?

How Should I Learn Japanese? - Tips and Learning Strategies for Rapid Progress
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We often get asked questions like:
  • How should I start learning Japanese?
  • In what order should I learn Japanese?
  • What would you recommend for learning Japanese?
  • What tips do you have?
Japanese can seem like a tremendously complicated language for new learners. Undoubtedly the kanji, the characters originally imported from Japan used as the basis of the written language, makes learning Japanese a much more complex choice than languages closer to your native language without the additional learning requirement. However, it is by no means impossible to learn Japanese quickly and effectively, and in so doing gain entry to a rich and deep culture you would not otherwise be able to access.
We highly recommend that your first step is to learn hiragana. Knowing hiragana will enable you to use a much broader array of learning materials than otherwise. It will enable you to start pronouncing and learning words. Plus, you will most likely learn your first few words along the way. You should be able to get a decent grasp within a few days. The best way to learn hiragana is a combination of drawing and flashcards. Start with our hiragana introduction for more information and access to quick links to free drawing exercises and free flashcards.
Once you've learned hiragana, you should start learning words, basic grammar, and very common kanji in parallel. The best way to do this is to work through a lesson series that introduces the material gradually, and then practice the material along the way as much as you possibly can through flashcards, games, and other exercises. Here's our overview guide which will give you a lot more information on the steps to take. Once you're ready, start a Beginner Lesson.
Once you've made a start with the basics, your main challenge is going to be practice and motivation. Doing the practice is mainly a question of motivation, so to keep yourself motivated, you want to make your learning experience fun! One of the best ways to do that is to play games and set yourself challenges. That basic philosophy is what's behind our AI study recommendations, which will grow and learn as you do, introducing different tasks and trying to keep you motivated. You can check out the study recommendations on your Dashboard.
Japanese seems complicated, but it can be extremely rewarding. We have a lot more you can read about learning Japanese as and when you have the time - check out our how-to guides and some of our other learning articles. You may also like to follow your progress along on your personal mastery map.
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