Kanshudo Component Builder
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Draw a component:
Type a component or its name:
 
Choose from a list:
Change component list
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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
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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
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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!

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About Kanshudo flashcards
  • Create flashcards from kanji, words, example sentences, and grammar points by tagging anything in Kanshudo as a favorite
  • Automatically create cards from collections, beginner or intermediate lessons or the textbook companion
  • Import from Anki, Quizlet, imiwa?, Midori and other apps
  • Automatically create cards from vocab lists, kanji lists, or for all kanji in any passage of text
  • Built-in spaced repetition and advanced statistics show you your progress and keep you on track
  • Improve your kanji mastery score automatically by studying
  • Backs of cards are automatically generated showing kanji and word details in the same form as used in our search tools - click on any item for more details and examples. See Kanshudo system for more on Kanshudo's 'cascading kanji' format for displaying kanji.
For more information, see our how to guides.
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