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Blog: Textbook Companion for the Basic Kanji Book series (2019-04-12)
Kanshudo's Textbook Companion enables you to use all the features of Kanshudo with your favorite textbook. Similar to our own lessons, you...
Blog: Kanji Wheel improvements (2019-04-10)
Kanshudo's Kanji Wheel is a unique way to visualize your knowledge of kanji. You can instantly see how well you know kanji of all levels of...
Blog: Reading Corner updates (2019-02-28)
We've made some big improvements to the Reading Corner, Kanshudo's Japanese/English bilingual reading library.We've doubled the number of...
Blog: Obligatory-Gift Chocolate (2019-02-11)
Valentine's Day is a big event in Japan, but the customs are somewhat different to what you might be accustomed to. To help you prepare for...
Blog: How to read Japanese kanji (2019-01-19)
Ever since we started Kanshudo a few years ago, one of the most consistently requested features has been for help answering questions like...
Blog: The Kanshudo Holiday Sale! (2018-12-17)
This has been another big year for Kanshudo, with several major new features and many improvements to the system. To celebrate, we are...
Blog: Learn Japanese grammar quickly and easily (2018-11-28)
The Kanshudo Japanese Grammar Library now contains nearly 500 articles, with comprehensive coverage of JLPT levels N5, N4 and N3, and...
Blog: Kanshudo Drawing Practice Center (2018-09-06)
Introducing the Drawing Practice Center: a new system which lets you practice drawing hiragana, katakana, and the most common kanji...
Blog: Introducing Kanshudo Word Quiz (2018-08-27)
We are very excited to announce a brand new way to build and test your Japanese vocabulary: Kanshudo Word Quiz.In high score mode, graded...
Blog: More flashcard improvements (2018-08-08)
We've made some more great improvements to the flashcard system recently. Here's a quick summary:Snooze a set: you can now 'snooze' an...
Blog: Japan's Marine Day holiday - umi no hi (海の日) (2018-07-12)
Read our new point of interest article on the forthcoming 海の日, one of Japan's 16 annual public holidays! As with all our feature articles,...
Blog: Introducing inflections (2018-05-22)
Inflections - modified forms of verbs and adjectives - are one of the most complex parts of Japanese. Verbs alone have several basic...
Blog: Read real Japanese with Kanshudo and Satori Reader (2018-03-18)
We are delighted to announce some exciting new developments designed to help you with a critical aspect of learning Japanese: reading.
Blog: The Kanshudo Nearly New Year Sale! (2018-01-30)
To celebrate the launch of our exciting new Challenge feature, we are holding a 'nearly new year' sale: 50% off Pro membership for an entire...
Blog: Introducing the Kanshudo Challenge (2018-01-23)
Today we are delighted to introduce a major new feature on Kanshudo: the Kanshudo Challenge! Kanshudo Challenge has been in development for...
Blog: Introducing Sentence Translate (2017-11-15)
We are delighted to introduce a new tool on Kanshudo: Sentence Translate / Analyze. Enter full sentences: Kanshudo will provide an English...
Blog: Major improvements to flashcards (2017-10-26)
Kanshudo's flashcard system has received a host of improvements in the last few weeks. We've made some big changes under the hood which have...
Blog: Create flashcards from example sentences! (2017-08-30)
Today we've introduced a great new feature: you can now tag any example sentence in Kanshudo as a favorite ...
Blog: Our guest article on Tofugu (2017-08-27)
A guest article on studying Japanese by our founder, Jonathan Kirk, was published recently on Tofugu, one of the leading blogs on all things...
Blog: Kanji component visualizations from The Kanji Map (2017-08-09)
We're delighted to announce another great collaboration: visualizations of kanji components from The Kanji Map. From the details pages of...
Blog: Kanji Builder featured on Joy o' Kanji! (2017-07-30)
Kanji Builder, along with a conversation with our founder Jonathan Kirk, was featured on Joy o' Kanji, the kanji 'deep dive' website. Joy o'...
Blog: Try our addictive new game: Kanji Builder (2017-07-24)
Warning: this is a highly addictive way to learn kanji! Build kanji from their components: choose the correct components from the supplied...
Blog: New game: Sentence Complete (2017-06-26)
One of our most popular lesson games, Sentence Complete, is now available to play standalone! Sentence Complete is a fun way to test and...
Blog: How to prioritize Japanese vocabulary effectively (2017-06-12)
We are delighted to announce a key new component to the Kanshudo system: a simple and effective way to prioritize your vocabulary studies....
Blog: New vocab collections: Routledge 5000 (2017-05-01)
Use Kanshudo to study and track your progress with the Routledge 5000 list! The Routledge frequency list of Japanese words is a set of 5000...
Blog: Our comprehensive new guide to writing Japanese (2017-04-18)
We are delighted to introduce our new 'how to' guide to writing Japanese, which introduces you to the standard strokes used to draw all...
Blog: Study the most important Japanese words first! (2017-03-16)
Continuing our theme of making it easier to learn Japanese vocabulary, we've made several great improvements to Search and Flashcards. It's...
Blog: New scientific study shows superiority of mnemonics for memorization (2017-03-09)
A new scientific study1 showed that using mnemonics, the main memory technique underlying Kanshudo's approach to teaching the kanji, a group...
Blog: Japan's annual doll festival - hinamatsuri(雛祭り) (2017-02-28)
Read our new feature article on the forthcoming 雛祭り, one of Japan's great annual festivals. As with all our feature articles, you can see...
Blog: New vocab collections: iKnow! Core 6000 (2017-02-26)
Next in our series of new vocabulary study features: the iKnow! Core 6000 vocab list. You can now use Kanshudo to study and track your...
Blog: Build your Japanese vocabulary with Kanshudo (2017-01-30)
This year Kanshudo will be introducing a series of features to help you power up your Japanese vocabulary. Today we're announcing the first...
Blog: New Core Collections (2017-01-02)
We're excited to announce a new set of kanji collections on Kanshudo: our 'core' collections. We've collected and organized full sets...
Blog: The Kanshudo Holiday Sale! (2016-12-15)
Save 50% on a Kanshudo Pro subscription!What could better Japanese bring you in 2017? A new job in Japan?A magical travel experience? Deeper...
Blog: Introducing the Kanshudo Japanese Grammar Library (2016-12-11)
We're excited to announce another major new element of the Kanshudo system for learning Japanese: a searchable grammar reference library....
Blog: New from Kanshudo! (2016-10-25)
A lot has happened on Kanshudo in the last few months. We've added many new features to help you master Japanese kanji even faster, and to...
Blog: Introducing the Textbook Companion (2016-10-23)
Lessons and games that correspond with your textbook contentNow you can use Kanshudo with your Adventures in Japanese, Genki, Minna no...
Blog: Improvements to the Kanji Wheel and flashcards (2016-10-09)
We're delighted to announce some very useful improvements to the kanji wheel and to the flashcard system. Our flashcard system gets some...
Blog: Kanshudo Beginner Lessons (2016-09-08)
We are very excited to announce a brand new series of lessons created especially for beginners and early students of Japanese: Kanshudo...
Blog: Introducing Quick Study (2016-09-01)
Quick Study is a great new way to learn Japanese effectively on Kanshudo. Now you can use a spare few minutes to focus on anything that...
Blog: More ways to create flashcards on Kanshudo (2016-07-05)
Did you know that Kanshudo can automatically create word or kanji flashcards for you from a variety of popular dictionaries, or even just...
Blog: Awesome search improvements (2016-06-19)
Study Japanese on Kanshudo more easily than ever! We've introduced a bunch of improvements to our search functionality. Now you can search...
Blog: Great new vocab game: Word Match (2016-05-20)
Introducing Word Match, an incredibly fun new way to expand your Japanese vocabulary.Match each word with its correct reading, in the same...
Blog: Study Points and the Weekly Study Update (2016-05-04)
Earn free Kanshudo Pro access just by studying!We want you to master Japanese. We want you to succeed in your dreams, whether they be top...
Blog: New navigation (2016-04-13)
We're delighted to introduce our new navigation system, which makes accessing Kanshudo even easier and more accessible! The new...
Blog: The Kanji Wheel and your Kanji Mastery Score (2016-03-22)
We are very excited to announce the most powerful tool available for studying Japanese and the kanji: the Kanshudo Kanji Wheel™, and...
Blog: Two great new flashcard features (2016-03-20)
Today we released two great new features for our flashcard system:You can now just paste any text, and Kanshudo will automatically create a...
Blog: Katakana collection (2016-03-16)
We've just added the companion to our Hiragana collection, the new Katakana collection. Now you can study both of the basic 'alphabets' ...
Blog: New interactive kanji slideshow in lessons (2016-02-28)
Today we've added a really useful feature to Kanshudo lessons: an interactive slideshow which provides details of every kanji in the lesson....
Blog: Reading improvements (2016-02-23)
We've made a bunch of improvements to kanji readings which make them much easier to understand and learn! Here's a summary:On (音) readings...
Blog: Kanji animations (2016-01-25)
We are on the move! More specifically, our kanji are now on the move: in the details page for any kanji, you can now see an animation of the...
Blog: Introducing the component builder (2016-01-11)
The new Kanshudo component builder is one of the fastest ways there is to look up kanji. Quickly and easily build any kanji by selecting its...
Blog: Major improvements to word / vocab search! (2015-12-11)
Today is a big day: we are delighted to announce several major improvements to word search! Helping you learn the kanji is our central...
Blog: Hiragana flashcards now available (2015-10-13)
If you are just beginning your study of written Japanese, learning hiragana is one of the most useful things you can do. By popular request,...
Blog: Introducing spaced repetition flashcards (2015-09-27)
We are delighted to announce some major improvements to our flashcards system, along with a new 'how to' guide with all you need to know to...
Blog: How to master the kanji - our step-by-step guide (2015-09-17)
Whether you are just setting out on your journey to kanji mastery, or you are steadily climbing the mountain, it helps to see the 'big...
Blog: Introducing 'how to' guides (2015-08-31)
Today we are introducing the first of a series of step-by-step guides to the more advanced features of Kanshudo, focused on one of the most...
Blog: Site index (2015-08-19)
By popular request we have added a site index! This is mainly to make it much easier to find pages that can be hiding in different sections,...
Blog: Introducing lessons! (2015-06-17)
One of the most requested features on Kanshudo so far has been a structured way to learn the kanji, enabling even absolute beginners to get...
Blog: The Japanese for Busy People kanji collections! (2015-04-10)
For those of you actively studying Japanese, we have great news: a set of 42 collections of all kanji used in the very popular Japanese for...
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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.
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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.
Example
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.