Japanese/English word search
Type or paste any Japanese or English into the search area. If you enter Japanese, Kanshudo will search for:
  1. Exact matches for your search
    Eg: 日本人町 will find exact match 日本人町
  2. Words starting with your search
    Eg: 日本人 will find 日本人会, 日本人町 etc
  3. Japanese words contained within your search
    Eg: 神戸製鋼所 will find 神戸, 製鋼, and 製鋼所
  4. Japanese words which could match your search if conjugated
    Eg: 話しています will find 話す, 話し etc
If you enter English, Kanshudo will search for any Japanese words which include your search in their meaning, prioritizing words which match your search exactly.

Click on any word in the search results to see more details and example sentences. Note: words will only appear once - ie, if a word appears in one category, it won't appear in another even if it also matches that category.
If you are only interested in the kanji, use Kanji search.
See ADVANCED SEARCH for all ways to search.
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.