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: Learning Japanese Kanji and Grammar is Actually Healthy!

Learning Japanese Kanji and Grammar is Actually Healthy! -
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There are many benefits to learning a new language. Not only can it help you further your career and open opportunities; it can create lasting friendships overseas along the way. Learning Japanese kanji can improve your mental health by expanding your education and building memory strength as you learn.

Online Japanese lessons

You no longer have to sign up for in-person classes when you're learning a new language. With online tutoring you can pick your teacher, dictate your own schedule, and learn from anywhere. Take online quizzes to test how much you've learned, use flashcards to practice or take advantage of our Kanshudo guide to grammar.
Each time you work through a lesson you'll feel positive because you've gained something valuable. Technology has provided us with a way to take our education on the road and made it easily accessible in order to fit our lessons into our busy routines. You no longer have to stress or worry about assignments or pesky deadlines, and you can learn on your own time. The pressure to learn should never be on the student, always the focus is on the teacher to help you grow your understanding.

Learn kanji to improve your memory

In the majority of the world today people often speak two or more languages, and they have a better chance at retaining information as a result. Learning Kanji can literally help you improve your memory. Think of it as a workout for your mind. As you progress within your learning, you'll improve your brain functionality and find yourself able to concentrate better. You'll easily be able to focus on the important tasks without getting distracted as often, making learning a central part of stress relief.

Advance your career through Japanese kanji

There is always a need for an associate that can speak more than one language. You'll often receive a pay increase simply for offering your skills as a translator. When you apply for a job, make sure you mention that you understand Japanese grammar and can help your company expand on their clientele. You'll be placed with a higher asset to have than somebody that only speaks one language. Being able to speak another language can set you up for promotions more quickly and help you advance your career - not to mention allow you to live in those countries.
When you're ready to start learning kanji, contact us to find out how you can set up your lessons. We'll provide you with access to this beautiful language, guide you step by step with the grammar, and ensure you have access to everything you need to know to learn efficiently.
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