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Kanji search
Search for any Japanese kanji.
How to master Japanese kanji
Our comprehensive guide to studying and mastering Japanese kanji.
Kanji Mastery and your Kanji Wheel
The Kanji Wheel is a personalized visualization of your knowledge of Japanese kanji. It's based on your 'mastery score' for each kanji in the system - an assessment of how well you know that specific kanji.
An introduction to kanji
A short introduction to kanji - where they came from and what they are.
100 most common kanji
The most useful kanji to learn are the ones you will encounter most frequently. The 100 kanji here can be studied in collections of 25 and will give you a great start for reading Japanese.
All Japanese radicals and components
Lists of the 214 standard radicals and the most common components used in kanji, together with a comprehensive list of all radicals and components used in the Jōyō kanji, together with meanings and explanations.
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: 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: Kanji usefulness (2019-10-27)
As part of our transition to the new Japanese Mastery system, which tracks your progress with grammar and vocabulary as well as kanji in...
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 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...
Component search
Use our Component Builder to quickly identify kanji components and search for kanji that contain them.
Daily kanji email
Manage your preference for the Daily Kanji email, a once-a-day email with details of a kanji suitable for your study level.
How to read kanji
Our comprehensive guide to reading Japanese kanji introduces Chinese (on) and Japanese (kun) readings of kanji, gives you rules of thumb for determining how a word you encounter is read, and shows you how to use Kanshudo's search syntax for finding words that use a specific kanji reading.
How to use the component builder to look up kanji
The component builder is a very fast way to look up kanji. Select one or more components visually or (unique to Kanshudo) by typing their names. Our how to guide provides detailed instructions.
How to use the Kanji Wheel to guide your Japanese studies
A detailed how to guide introducing the Kanshudo Kanji Wheel.
Hyōgaiji (表外字)
Hyōgaiji, literally ('characters outside the chart') are kanji which are not classified as Jōyō or Jinmeiyō.
Jinmeiyō kanji (人名用漢字)
The Jinmeiyō Kanji is the set of 862 kanji designated by the Japanese government for use in names in addition to the 2136 Jōyō Kanji.
Jōyō kanji (常用漢字)
The Jōyō (常用) or 'daily use' kanji are 2136 kanji designated by the Japanese government for use in schools, newspapers etc. Use our collection to study them by priority or review them for reference.
Kanji Builder
Kanshudo Kanji Builder is a great way to cement your knowledge of kanji. Choose components from the list, and drag them onto the correct boxes on the grid.
Kanji by JLPT level
In these collections we present the Jōyō kanji, organized into groups tailored to the JLPT levels. Within each level, we order the kanji by frequency so you can learn the most useful first.
Kanshudo Challenge
The Kanshudo Challenge uses a combination of learning games and tests to help you learn a kanji with associated words and example sentences. It's the most effective way we've found for studying kanji.
Kanshudo Challenge: the most effective way to learn kanji and words
Read our detailed how to guide on the Kanshudo Challenge - the most effective way we've found for studying kanji.
Kanshudo system for learning kanji
A quick overview of the Kanshudo approach to learning Japanese kanji: mnemonics, components, and 'cascading kanji'.
Kyōiku Kanji
The Kyōiku Kanji (教育漢字) are the first 1006 kanji taught in Japanese schools, during grades one to six. They form the first half or so of the Jōyō Kanji. Here you can view or study the kanji in ordered sets.
Random kanji
Study a random kanji!
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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.