Advanced search

Click any of the blue search types below to search. Kanshudo lets you search for kanji, words, names, example sentences and grammar using both Japanese and English. You can also search for kanji using components and mnemonics.
Quick Search is the best place to start searching Kanshudo, and can be reached from the Search menu, or by clicking on the the search icon in the navigation menu. 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.
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
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.
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 on any kanji for more details, and to instantly create a flashcard. Click the star next to the kanji to add it to your Favorites.
Examples: 漢習道 日本語
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.
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's library of 752 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:
You can also browse the Grammar index, the Points of Interest index, or see a summary of recently-added articles.
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.
Enter an English word, and all kanji which use that word in their mnemonic will be displayed.
Example: test
You can search for all kanji which include a specific radical or other component using the component builder, the button labeled '部 Components' on the left of the search bar in Kanji search. Click here to go directly to the component builder.
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.
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.
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 or 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.