Jishonari

Jishonari is an online Japanese dictionary divided into three panels:

  1. Japanese reader: Browse the newsfeed from either Aozora Bunko or Reddit, or paste in your own text. Once you’re reading, click on any word to bring up definitions and info galore.
  2. Definitions: Whenever you search for a word or click one in the reader, the definitions appear here. You can get JMDict definitions, as well as related definitions from WordNet.
  3. Details/synonyms: Example sentences from tatoeba and synonyms live here, as well as stroke order and readings for words with kanji. Search for a verb, and you’ll get conjugations too.

This is just the tip of Jishonari’s iceberg. All over the page, you can click and hover to reveal more information, ever-unfolding into an incredible rabbit-hole experience.

With all these features, Jishonari may seem like the obvious choice for your new go-to dictionary. And it just might be! Its major strength also happens to be its biggest drawback—because it’s so full-featured, it can be hard to navigate and find the information (or the most accurate definition) you’re looking for, especially when you’re searching for a word you’ve never seen before.

[Kristen Dexter and Michael Richey Annotation]

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