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: variant forms and spellings

variant forms and spellings -
250 words
In Japanese, the use of so many characters (kanji and kana) to write words naturally leads to far more variants in the way words can be written than in alphabetical languages such as English, and over time, variant forms of many words have come to be considered perfectly acceptable. As a result, when learning Japanese, you will start to encounter different forms of words very early on, and it is a good idea to develop tools for learning how the same word can be represented in different ways.
As an early learner, you will encounter many words which use kana instead of a kanji you are unlikely to have encountered. The most common example of this is the days of the week, which in their full correct form use the kanji
, but are very often presented to beginners with よう in kana instead:
As you advance, words which use kanji outside the Joyo, or which themselves are not common, are very often presented in kana. However, in many words, the alternatives have no particular rhyme or reason, and are simply 'alternatives'. For example:
Alternative forms are extremely common in Japanese - about 60,000 words in Japanese have at least one variant, and although there are about 260,000 words in Kanshudo's vocabulary dictionary, there are only about 180,000 'words' - the remaining 80,000 are variants of about 60,000 of those words. Most words only have a single variant, but 16 have ten or more!!

Kanji used in this point of interest

ヨウ    day of the week   
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ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
ヤク   エキ    office, role; service   
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リツ   リュウ   た to stand   たてる to build   
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