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: Top 5 Things to Consider When Learning Japanese Kanji

Top 5 Things to Consider When Learning Japanese Kanji
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Learning Japanese has never been easier, thanks to the internet. The answer to the question, "Is it possible to learn Japanese through self-study?" is a resounding "YES!"---but the question of the best approach still remains.
There are as many opinions about the best app, textbook, method, or approach to learning Japanese kanji as there are students of Japanese. You will need to experiment to find the best method for you, and your approach may evolve over time as you learn more or your circumstances change.
At Kanshudo, we've developed a comprehensive approach that has already helped over 25,000 students of the Japanese language. It combines multiple learning modes that work well together to address many different learning styles and life situations. Do you like to track your progress? Are you motivated by competition? Games? Do you like flashcards? Are you big picture or detail oriented? Are you a kinesthetic learner? Learn best with a textbook? Like to tie what you learn to the real world? We've got you covered.
Regardless of the methods you choose to help you learn the kanji, here are five things to remember for success:
  1. Practice, practice, practice. Every day. Review the kanji you know, learn something new---even if it's only for five minutes, do something every day. This will make the biggest difference. We promise. On Kanshudo, our AI picks out the most effective study tasks for you to work on, and presents them to you in a custom designed study session on your dashboard.
  2. Use your kanji! Apply what you know immediately, and as often as possible. Kanshudo has a reading corner and games such as our sentence completion game. You can practice your reading with our partners Satori Reader and Joy o’ Kanji. Watch your favorite anime in Japanese, with Japanese subtitles. For speaking practice, there are apps like HelloTalk that help you find language exchange partners for free. There is no "ready" to read or speak your target language. Don't wait until you've learned all the Jōyō (daily use) kanji or hit some other arbitrary target before you start to apply what you've learned. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have: the biggest secret for success in learning a new language is to use it.
  3. Don't fail before you start. Use ALL THE TOOLS at your disposal. At least try. Mnemonics can be a highly effective study aid for some people, and sometimes they can become more effective as you progress. Some people swear by learning the most common components or the standard radicals first, while others find that they pick them up incidentally and naturally as they learn whole characters. Some like to focus on kanji alone, where others learn fastest by studying grammar in parallel. Experiment, and be willing to change your approach as you progress.
  4. Don't do it in isolation. There are lots of online communities of Japanese language learners at all stages of the process, from learning the Kanji to long-time fluency. Reading about the experiences of others on the same journey can give you ideas you wouldn't have thought of on your own. Hearing about how other people have solved the problems you face, or how they achieved a breakthrough after struggling or stagnating for a while, can be just what you need at a crucial moment. Check out the Learn Japanese subreddit as a good starting point.
  5. Know your intrinsic motivation. Do you love Japanese culture and want to immerse yourself in it? Do you need to pass an exam? Do you want to be able to play games or read manga that aren't available in English? Will you be travelling to Japan for a few weeks? Your goal will influence your approach.
Check out our helpful guides to learning kanji and the Japanese language: Getting started learning Japanese, Kanshudo's guide to mastering kanji, and more. Sign up for our Daily Kanji email, and compare the features available to you when you register for a free account or a Kanshudo Pro subscription. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, comments, requests, or feedback of any kind. We're excited to meet you!
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