This server provides simple access to the English/Japanese Japanese/English
dictionary edict (and several other related dictionaries). Searches can
be either based upon English, romaji, or raw Japanese. Searches result in
the listing of pairs of related Japanese and English. There is also a
kanji database server as well, which gives access to kanjidic.
Using This Server
- What is Available
The main attractions here are the Japanese/English English/Japanese word
lists (i.e. dictionaries - words, names, legal terms, and life-science
terms, etc.), and the database of kanji information. In addition, some might
find value in the general descriptions of Japanese writing and encoding.
- How the Results are Returned
You can potentially get a lot more out of this system if you understand
the various ways how the Japanese text can be displayed.
In particular, if you used a browser that groks raw Japanese,
this server wouldn't need to send the text as images and things would be
a wholehellofalot faster.
- Search Methods
Read here for a description of
how to specify what you're searching for.
Learning to effectively indicate what you're looking for will help you
get the most out of this system.
There are smart warp-to buttons placed at the bottom of most pages.
Generally, there will usually be one available to whisk you to an
index of most concepts within the virtual world of this
You can customize both the dictionary server and
the the kanji database server for your favorite
selection of various parameters.
Credits for various aspects of this server.
Also a brief discussion of some of the technology that's gone into
some of the more interesting aspects of the server.
- Jeffrey's old Home Page
Which also includes some things on learning Japanese.
- A note on kanji dictionaries for English
- Other Stuff
- If you've never been to Japan, you might find Naomi Smith's
well known facts about japan
Regional/countries/japan page is
- The definitive reference page for human languages is
iLoveLanguages Page, formerly known as
the Human-Languages Page.
- I hear that you can now buy the Canon
Wordtank and other hard-to-find items in America.
- The dictionary data that this server uses is available
at Jim Breen's homepage. Lots of other resources are
there for displaying and working with Japanese on PCs, Macs, and UNIX.
University of Washington Guide to Japanese Computing for many
resources for working with Japanese on a non-Japanese system.
If you are on a PC and your browser doesn't support Japanese, or
if you think it might if only you had the proper fonts, Microsoft has
made a TrueType font available freely (and it will work with other
browsers as well). Read the documentation
and fetch the font as
- Japanese Input for Windows running IE4.0 or greater
If you are using Windows and IE4.0 on an English version of Windows 95/NT4.0
(not only English, but any non-Japanese version, actually), you can now
input Japanese text via the freely-available IME4.0.
You can also get the full language pack for Japanese as well.
For more recent Windows OS versions, there's more info about Microsft IME's.
Not of interest to you because it requires a graphical browser, but....
Because of my support for ``graphical text,'' anyone with a graphical
browser can use the full potential of this server, Japanese-support or
not. As far as I know, this is the only site on the internet that
provides this support explicitly.
- Based upon some email exchanges with me back in 1992,
Tad Perry wrote the very useful Quick and Dirty
Guide to Japanese (a 32 k-byte text file). Should be
very useful to the student of Japanese. Now, if I would spend my
time reading it instead of playing with this server, my own Japanese
- Ken Lunde has a new edition of UJIP,
CJKV Information Processing, Second Edition.
- Conversely, Harald Kucharek, (long, long ago) created some
kana practice sheets available as either
gzipped PostScript file (26 k-byte or a
Acrobat file (201 k-byte.
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