Jishonari is an online Japanese dictionary divided into three panels:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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]