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: Practice Your Japanese in Shizuoka

Practice Your Japanese in Shizuoka -
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Shizuoka Prefecture is a popular retreat destination located midway between Tokyo and Nagoya. Located in the Chubu region of central Honshu, the Shizuoka Prefecture serves as Japan's biggest tea provider. It is also home to musical instrument and motorcycle manufacturing industries. Three major focal points of the Shizuoka Prefecture are Mount Fuji, the Izu Peninsula, and the southernmost city of Shimoda.

Mount Fuji

As Japan's most iconic landmark, Mount Fuji draws a great deal of attraction to the Shizuoka Prefecture. Towering 3,776 meters high, Mount Fuji has been worshiped as a sacred mountain in Japan for centuries. While Mount Fuji is an active volcano, it has not erupted since 1707. Many climbers visit the mountain during the official climbing season in July and August.

The Izu Peninsula

The Izu Peninsula is home to hot springs and beautiful natural scenery. The many hot springs located on the peninsula support many popular resorts. Many popular hot springs resorts are located in Atami, Shuzenji, Ito, and Shimoda. With beautiful coastlines, plenty of beaches, and a mild climate, the Izu Peninsula receives many tourists each year. It is also a popular weekend getaway among many Japanese.

The City of Shimoda

Shimoda is a beautiful coastal city located on the south side of the Izu Peninsula. While it serves as a popular resort destination for tourists looking to do partake in marine sports, going to beaches, and visiting hot springs, the city of Shimoda has a rich historical importance in Japan. In 1854, Shimoda became the first Japanese city to open international trade. The end of Japanese isolation came about following the treaty negotiated by Commodore Perry.
Commodore Perry, also known as Matthew Calbraith Perry, was an American naval officer who served between 1809 and 1858. He commanded many United States Navy ships during several wars. He is most remembered today for negotiating the treaty at the Convention of Kanagawa that opened up Japan for trading with the Western World in 1854. This was also the beginning of the diplomatic relationship between the United States and Japan.

Show Off Your Language Skills

If you're planning to visit the beautiful Shizuoka Prefecture, why not try to converse with the locals in their native tongue? Through Kanshudo, you will be able to learn Japanese vocabulary and grammar as well as the kanji (characters) used for writing. Through proven learning strategies, you will also be able to rise quickly in your abilities. Don't show up to the Shizuoka Prefecture unprepared! Take the tour to start your Japanese kanji experience.
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