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:
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Point of interest: Learning Japanese Kanji: 2 Reasons Why It's Important

Learning Japanese Kanji: 2 Reasons Why It's Important
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Lots of people take Japanese lessons online to learn a language, with the idea that it is vastly different from their own. One hurdle, however, is that English speakers forget that we learn our language differently than how we learn a foreign language such as Nihongo, the language of Japan.
Typically in the US hearing the words spoken by our parents and our peers is how we start early understanding of the English Language. But, learning Japanese as a second language, the opposite is true. Hearing the words spoken is important, but you're not likely to get much out of it without seeing the written language that goes along with it. The two work together to form the Japanese language. When you take the step to learn Japanese online, it's best to tackle kanji as well.
Here are two main reasons why you should learn kanji.

1. Kanji are easier to read

When it comes to the written language the Japanese have several different systems they use. Kanji are the most difficult to learn because of the number of characters to memorize. But, it's much easier to read because of that. The other writing methods, like hiragana, have fewer characters to deal with, making it the fastest way to write in Japanese. The result, however, is just words strung together. There's no meaning connected to them. Imagine reading a sentence in English where it looks like you have one long line of letters, instead of spaces to distinguish words. Hiragana is like that. When you learn kanji, you're able to understand more than just words.

2. Seeing the characters for a word can help you understand the word better

Like the English language, Japanese has many homonyms or words that have the same pronunciation. Sometimes, it's difficult to figure out what another person is trying to say, which can lead to a misunderstandings. Japanese kanji allow you to actually see the meaning of a word, not just the way it sounds. Once you can read kanji, you can literally see the meaning of a word from the characters used to write it. When you learn Japanese by just hearing the words spoken, you're not getting half of what the language has to offer. Set out to learn kanji while you're learning the Japanese language and you will add depth and richness to your daily conversation.
Taking the step to learn Japanese grammar and kanji will make learning the Japanese language far more rewarding for you. There's nothing better than being able to keep up with other Japanese speakers who speak it fluently. They'll never know you haven't spoken it all of your life. For more information, contact us at our website.
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