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!
Kanshudo offers many powerful ways to study Japanese. This page provides an overview and quick links for each of the key study features.
You can access any of these features at any time here, or the most useful ones from the STUDY menu at the top right of any page. You can also just follow the study recommendations on your Dashboard, which will direct you to different study functions automatically.
For detailed instructions on how these study features fit into Kanshudo, see our guide How to use Kanshudo.
Some of the exercises listed here (such as Boost and Kanji Challenge) also appear in the Play Index.
Study spaced-repetition flashcards
Learn and review kanji, words, example sentences, and grammar points as flashcards. Create flashcards from your favorites, collections, lessons, or from your own kanji or word lists.
Kanshudo Boost
Boost generates a series of games and exercises to help you learn any set of material - a specific kanji, word or grammar point, flashcards, a collection, lesson content etc. Boost is one of the most powerful and enjoyable ways to study Japanese.
Quick Study
Quickly study or test yourself on any material in Kanshudo
Quick Study lets you use any spare five minutes for study. Study your favorites, cards you're finding difficult or have recently forgotten, or learned/unlearned cards from any of your existing flashcard sets.
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Beginner lessons
Twenty lessons suitable for absolute beginners, introducing the first 100 kanji, about 200 basic words, and 50 key grammar points.
NEWIntermediate lessons - series 2
Our new and improved 2021 intermediate lesson program takes you all the way to your first 1000 kanji, having fun along the way! Starts with zero kanji, but designed for learners with some basic knowledge of Japanese. Our series 2 lessons include a brand new interface, more games and exercises, and grammar points along with the kanji and vocabulary.
Intermediate lessons
Our original intermediate lesson program covers the same kanji as our new series: it takes you all the way to your first 1000 kanji, having fun along the way! Starts with zero kanji, but designed for learners with some basic knowledge of Japanese.
Textbook Companion
Use Kanshudo with your favorite textbook! Get all the power of Kanshudo's progress tracking, flashcards, and study games while studying with your existing textbook. Supports Genki, Minna no Nihongo, Japanese for Busy People and more.
Reading Corner
Read graded pieces in a variety of genres
Kanshudo's Reading Corner provides a selection of graded readings based on real world texts. Plus, we have partnered with Satori Reader, the leading online reading-focused Japanese site. Read the how-to guide to find out how to synchronize your kanji mastery data and customize your Satori Reader experience.
Your Japanese Mastery Level
Kanji, Grammar and Vocab Mastery Wheels
Tag any kanji, word, example sentence or grammar point as a favorite
Kanji Challenge
The most effective way to study a kanji, with key words and examples.
Drawing practice
Practice drawing hiragana, katakana, the most common components, and kanji.
Kanji Quiz
Practice our kanji quiz. When you are ready, score your kanji ability with the full quiz.
Word Quiz
Take our word quiz to build or test your vocabulary.
Study emails
Daily Kanji Email
Study a kanji a day, completely free, from the comfort of your email in-box!
Kanji, word and name collections
We have gathered together a number of useful kanji, word and name collections. Quickly and easily study, browse or download items grouped in various ways, including by JLPT level, by usefulness, by frequency, by textbook, and by theme.
Random kanji
View a kanji selected randomly from the entire Kanshudo database!