Kanshudo terms and conditions

Thank you for using Kanshudo! Our goal is to speed you on the road to kanji mastery, and our hope is that this site becomes a valuable daily resource for you on your journey. Use of this site is governed by the following terms and conditions, and continued use of the site constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions.


All kanji mnemonics are copyright Kanshudo and Jonathan Kirk, and must not be used in whole or in part for any purpose other than for your personal study of the kanji. Kanji mnemonics may not be copied, downloaded from the site, or reproduced in any way.
Kanshudo includes data from many sources, including freely available and commercial sources, as well as a large amount of data we have developed ourselves. No data may be downloaded or copied from Kanshudo, except through the download links on the site, without our express permission. Most of our data is available to license; contact support if you are interested.


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We reserve the right to cancel your account at any time at our discretion if we believe you are misusing the site.

Dispute resolution

If a dispute arises, our goal is to provide you with a neutral and cost effective means to resolve it quickly. Most disputes can be resolved informally. In the event that a dispute cannot be resolved informally, you agree that all claims and disputes arising under or relating to this Agreement are to be settled by binding arbitration in the state of California.
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.