Change component list

By default the component builder shows the most common components (themselves joyo kanji, or used in at least 3 other joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.

Help with the component builder

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.
For any components you recognize, if you know the English meaning / name, start typing it in the text area. Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Alternatively, count the strokes of the component, and scan the list to find it visually.


To find the kanji :
  • Notice that it is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫.
  • 氵 艹 口 all have three strokes, so you could look in the list in the 3 stroke section. 夫 has four strokes.
  • Alternatively, you could start typing 'water' (氵), 'grass' (艹), 'mouth' (口) or 'husband' (夫) in the search area, and the components will be highlighted in yellow.
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.
Kanji Search looks for kanji contained in the search you enter, or kanji with the (Japanese) reading or (English) meaning of your search. To look up a word, use Word Search.
Your random kanji is: '淑'. Search for another RANDOM KANJI
シュク    graceful   
your uncle (叔) in the water (氵) is graceful
シュク    uncle   
your younger brother (尗) again brother not your uncle (!)
younger brother
above (上) small things (小) is your younger brother
ジョウ   うえ above   のぼ to climb   あがる to rise   かみ first half, upper part   
ショウ   こ-    ちいさい small   
すい    みず water   
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