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!

Example sentence search

Type or paste any Japanese or English into the search area. Kanshudo will search for example sentences containing your search text.
You can show or hide furigana (kana that show you how to pronounce the kanji in a word) using the icon to the left of any sentence. You can change your default setting in your account page.
Separate words (English or Japanese) with spaces. Kanshudo will search for sentences containing all words, in any order. For example:
Surround exact phrases with double quotes: "xxx". Exact phrases will also match on capitalization. Other forms of quotes such as ″″ and “” will be replaced with standard quotes: "". For example:
Use the 'difficulty' keyword to restrict sentences by their difficulty rating. Each example sentence in Kanshudo is assigned a number from 1 to 8 indicating kanji, word and grammar complexity, where 1 is easiest. For example:
Some of the examples are tagged, and you can use the 'tag' keyword to find all examples with the tag. For example, you can search our library of Japanese kotowaza (諺):
If you are only interested in the kanji, use Kanji search. If you are looking for the meaning of a specific word, use Word search. If you need a translation of a sentence as well as the meanings of individual words, use Sentence translate.
A note on the translations: our general translation philosophy is to use 'the most literal translation possible with the equivalent tone'. In situations where a completely literal translation with the same tone is not possible, we use an equivalent natural phrase. In some cases (esp. kotowaza) where the literal and natural phrases diverge too much, we include a literal translation as well. Since our system contains a very large number of examples from different sources, we are gradually checking all translations manually, but if you see situations where you suspect this philosophy is not being followed, please report them using the feedback link on the details page for any example sentence.
See the SEARCH INDEX for more ways to search Kanshudo.
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.