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!
Kanshudo contains the most extensive Japanese dictionaries available online.
Quick Search searches all available dictionaries, as well as the Kanshudo site, to find the best matches. Use Quick Search any time by clicking the icon in the top right of the screen. Use Quick Search to find features on Kanshudo quickly if you are not sure where they are in the menus.
Use the category searches by choosing the appropriate option below, or the search switcher    in the navigation bar. The search switcher appears whenever you run a search, and enables you to run the same search in a different category. Category searches provide results specific to the category and show more results (and sometimes more information) than Quick Search.
Quick Search
Quick Search is the best place to start searching Kanshudo, and can be reached from anywhere in the system by clicking on the search icon on the top right of the page. Quick Search enables you to look for kanji, words, names, example sentences, grammar points as well as pages or features on Kanshudo in a single place.
Enter a phrase containing kanji, a reading in hiragana, or an English meaning. Kanshudo will search for kanji contained in your search, or with matching readings or meanings. Kanshudo will display each kanji together with its mnemonic, readings, meanings, and associated information. Each component part of the kanji will be displayed below in 'cascading kanji' format. Click any kanji's blue box for more details. Click the star next to the kanji to add it to your Favorites.
Examples: 漢習道 日本語
Kanji by Mnemonic
Enter an English word, and all kanji which use that word in their mnemonic will be displayed.
Example: test
Kanji by Component
Search for all kanji which include a specific radical or other component using the Component Builder. Access the Component Builder wherever you see the
icon - for example, open Quick Search by clicking the search icon on the top right of the page then look to the left of the search bar.
Kanji by Reference
Search for kanji which refer to the specified kanji (ie, include it in their 'see also' section). 'See also' kanji are often included because they are similar or easily confused.
Word Search
Enter a Japanese or English word (or words) in whatever form you encounter it. Kanshudo will try several different searches, including exact matches (as displayed in Kanji search above), words beginning with your search, and words contained within your search. Kanshudo will also determine if the word is a conjugated form of a word, and will display matches in their dictionary forms.
Examples: 話しています 日本人 もり
Multi-word Search
Kanshudo can automatically look up multiple words at once, enabling you to quickly import word lists to add to your favorites, create flashcards, or for quick study.
Example: これ|は|日本語|です|。
Sentence Translate
Kanshudo can translate and analyze entire Japanese sentences and word lists. You'll get an English translation, along with detailed word-by-word analysis, and information on the kanji
Example: これは日本語です。
Grammar / Points of Interest
Search Kanshudo's library of 863 articles on Japanese grammar and grammatical constructions, as well as on Japanese language and culture generally. You can use English or Japanese words or phrases. Type any word that forms part of a construction or describes the type of construction. For example:
Examples: particles JLPT:5 conjugations
Example sentences
Enter Japanese or English words to find example sentences that contain them. Separate words with spaces to find sentences that contain all the words in any order.
Examples: 日本語 日本人 日本
Enter Japanese or English to search for matching Japanese names. Kanshudo includes about 600,000 names, together with frequency rankings for the 10,000 most common Japanese surnames, and the 2000 most common male and female given names. Most common readings of each name are displayed first where data is available.
Examples: 佐藤 大輔
Search Kanshudo
You can search the whole Kanshudo site for features or content. Site search results are included in Quick Search, but you can also use this category search to restrict results to site searches.
Examples: blog
Search History
If you are logged in to Kanshudo, each search you perform is stored in your history, and you can access it and repeat the search. You can use this as a simple way to make flashcards for memorization.
Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.