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!
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.
You can also perform special word searches. To use a keyword search, you must be logged in, and some searches are restricted to PRO users.
  • Usefulness: ufn:1 (you can also find words organized by usefulness in the Collections)
  • New! JLPT: jlpt:3 (you can also find words organized by JLPT in the Collections)
  • Your personal mastery level: mymastery:1
  • A combination of usefulness and your personal mastery level: mymastery:3 ufn:1
  • New! The counter keyword lets you search for use of a kanji or expression as a counter: counter:日 Very useful for understanding how readings of a kanji change as you count!
If you are only interested in the kanji in your search, use Kanji search or Quick 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.