Japanese Dictionary Quick Search
Search the most comprehensive free Japanese dictionary available, with 14,000 kanji (including nearly 4000 with mnemonics), 260,000 words, 155,000 example sentences, nearly 750 grammar points, and over 600,000 names. All entries are prioritized according to their usefulness.
Quick search provides the most likely candidate results for your search across key search types (words, kanji, grammar points, names and the Kanshudo site). Some search results are not included, such as example sentences, or words contained within other words in your search. For more in-depth results, use the search switcher    in the navigation bar to run a category-specific search, or to translate whole sentences.
Enter Japanese, romaji or English, or use the Component Builder (部) to enter kanji. Quick search will display the most common kanji, words, names and examples matching your search, together with links for more detailed exploration by category.
See the SEARCH INDEX for more ways to search Kanshudo.
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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.