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!

Study index

Kanshudo offers several powerful ways to study. Scroll down for details.

My personalized Kanji Wheel and Kanji Mastery Score

The most powerful tool available for visualizing your kanji knowledge and intelligently guiding your Japanese studies.

Textbook Companion

Use Kanshudo with your favorite textbook! Now you can get all the power of Kanshudo's kanji wheel, study games and flashcards while studying with your existing textbook.

Beginner Lessons

Twenty lessons suitable for absolute beginners, introducing the first 100 kanji, about 200 basic words, and 50 key grammar points.

Intermediate Lessons

Our comprehensive step-by-step series of Japanese lessons: the 53 Stages of the Kanshudo. Follow our structured program all the way to your first 1000 kanji, having fun along the way! Designed for learners with basic knowledge of Japanese.

Reading Corner

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.

Quick Study

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.


Learn and review kanji, words, example sentences, and grammar points as flashcards. Create flashcards from your favorites, from Collections, from lessons, or from your own kanji or word lists.


Wherever you see kanji, words, example sentences, or grammar points anywhere in Kanshudo, you can tag them as your favorites. You can use your favorites for Quick Study, or to create Flashcards. Review your favorites any time here.

Kanji and Word Collections

We have gathered together a number of useful kanji and word collections. Quickly and easily study, browse or download kanji and words grouped in various ways, including by JLPT level, by usefulness, by frequency, by textbook, and by theme.

Daily Kanji Email

Study a kanji a day, completely free, from the comfort of your email in-box!

Random Kanji

View a kanji selected randomly from the entire Kanshudo database!

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.

Drawing Practice

Use our drawing practice system to learn hiragana, katakana, and the most common components.