Kanshudo is the fastest and most enjoyable way to learn and remember the Japanese kanji and written Japanese generally. Whatever your current level of Japanese ability, Kanshudo will help you improve, with assessment tools such as our unique visualization of your kanji ability, the Kanji Wheel, games such as Kanji Match and Word Match, the Kanji Quiz, fun and engaging Beginner lessons and Intermediate lessons, … [ Read more ]

“What I Use To Study Japanese” – Jonathan Kirk from Kanshudo

In this series, Tofugu asks learners what Japanese learning resources and methods they use to study and why. Today, we talk to Jonathan Kirk, the guy who made the popular kanji learning app, *Kanshudo*. Jonathan focused on building up his reading skill first (which led him to create his kanji learning system). So if you want to boost your Japanese reading ability, pay attention.

Editor’s Note: … [ Read more ]

Kanji My Blog

This site provides a widget that you can use to include a random kanji in your blog (or any website).


Japanize is a Firefox plugin which translates popular English websites into Japanese. [Hat tip to Nihongojouzu.com]


KingKanji is an award winning Japanese / kanji flashcard program that emphasizes writing as well as reading. It includes stroke animation and automatic feedback for over 1,200 characters including first through sixth grade Joyo kanji and kana. A flashcard may contain single or multiple kanji and kana along with the English meaning. Over 294 lessons are included and additional kanji lessons can be created using … [ Read more ]

Japanese Text

Jonathon Delacour offers a blog post on reading/writing Japanese with various computer systems and with Movable Type blog software.

The Tanaka Corpus

The Tanaka Corpus consists of roughly 180,000 parallel Japanese-English sentences and is the basis of the example sentences found in the WWWJDIC dictionary server. It is freely available at this site for you to use in any projects you may wish.

The Super Dictionary

Peter Rivard has written an article about setting up a PDA to be a super dictionary.

Nintendo DS Lite

Will at Nihongojouzu.com has a review of the Nintendo DS Lite, which apparently makes a nice alternative to the standard denshi jisho choices, especially since it includes a stylus so you can write kanji.

Moji Firefox Extension

Another excellent innovation from the chaps at mozdev.org – the Moji extension for Firefox and Thunderbird. Moji is an integrated sidebar-dictionary aimed at helping people read Japanese (and Chinese) on the web. Simply select a single kanji or a whole word from whatever Japanese text you are reading and click on the respective button in the Moji sidebar to display the kanji reading and English … [ Read more ]

Samurai Kanji

Samurai Kanji is a 2042-kanji flash-card application for PDA’s (PalmOS, SymbianOS, or Windows CE) intended for drilling after studying James Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji I.

What primarily makes this kanji flash-card application different from other, similar applications is that the kanji are divided into the same lessons that Heisig uses in his book. The user can then choose which lessons to drill on as the … [ Read more ]


WaKan is a freeware tool to assist in learning the Japanese and Chinese languages. It contains a character dictionary, a word dictionary, a vocabulary manager, a translation tool, a simple text editor and many other helpful functions, including the printing of flashcards.

One of the main goals of this project is to enable students to read Japanese or Chinese text with minimum knowledge of the … [ Read more ]

Kanji Trainer Penpen

This is a Tetris-like matching game (ie. things move and you can’t stop them) to make studying Japanese Kanji and the Chinese Hanzi characters fun. Basically, you have to match:
“kanji character”+”phonetic reading”+”English meaning”
to score points.

Current word lists follow the Basic Kanji Book series:
Basic Kanji Book vol. 1-2
Chieko Kano, Yuri Shimizu, Hiroko … [ Read more ]

JFC (Japanese Flash Card) Program

JFC is a basic Japanese flash card program designed to aid students learning Japanese. Much of JFC is designed to basically mimic what one would normally do with paper flash cards, except on a computer. There are a number of potential advantages to using a computer flash card program over a normal paper system:
1. One does not need a big stack of paper … [ Read more ]


This is a free Japanese word processor (and more) program that was originally based on the JWP free program (though note that JWPce is a different program from JWP and has a different feature set).