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: Suhama-Shaped

Suhama-Shaped -
299 words
This article is based on the essay on 浜 in the Joy o' Kanji essay collection.
Consider this word:
1. sandy beach; sandbar that projects into the ocean, particularly in a wavy form
2. designs and objects with a wavy pattern
(click the word to view an additional 1 reading, 1 meaning and 1 form, examples and links)
The meaning is clear from the breakdown of the second kanji form, 洲浜, 'sandbar + beach' (click the word's green box to view all forms), which is how people used to write this word. However, 洲 is non-Jōyō, so the Japanese today tend to write this word as 州浜, which breaks down nonsensically as 'state + beach'. As a result of this usage, 州 has now acquired the secondary meaning of sandbank.
The first definition of 州浜 relates quite literally to beaches—or more precisely to the sandbars jutting out from beaches.
As you can see from the second definition of 州浜 (“designs and objects with a wavy pattern”), the Japanese describe certain types of curves by using the border between land and sea as a reference point.
I would have expected the curves in “suhama” designs to be serpentine, but that’s not the case. For instance, the term applies to a gravel garden raked in rainbow formations, a family crest that looks like an upside-down Mickey Mouse, and a dish that resembles a dog bowl.
The term 州浜 is also at the root of this word, which breaks down as 'designs and objects with a wavy pattern (first two kanji) + table':
low, decorative table adorned with wavy shapes
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People often decorated these tables with flowers, bird motifs, and so on. In the Heian period (794–1185), the Japanese used the tables for auspicious occasions. In later eras, people displayed dishes on these tables on wedding days or on New Year’s Day.
In the past, the Japanese also made tables with suhama shapes to symbolize an imaginary island inhabited by
, immortal creatures. Because of the connection between the suhama shape and 仙人, some families even developed crests with suhama shapes, hoping that this would confer on them some kind of immortality.

Kanji used in this point of interest

ス    sandbank   
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ヒン   はま seashore, sands   
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シュウ    state, province, county   す sandbank   
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セン    hermit   
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ジン   ニン   ひと person   
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