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What font should be used when teaching Japanese handwriting?

I'm writing an app to teach people how to write Japanese kanji by hand. What font should I use to create examples? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Sep 2, 2016 - 5 answers

Mixed-Meowdia Art

What is a great website for teaching how-to-write kanji, with animations? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Mar 17, 2016 - 4 answers


Can anyone answer the question posed in this blog post? Namely, what is the etymology behind the choice of kanji for the word for Australia?
posted by Quilford on Aug 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Japanese without the hard parts

So I know Mandarin Chinese, as in speak and read it pretty much as well as English. I also have a community of Japanese speakers I can tap to help me with the very esoteric task of learning Japanese from scratch. I don't have any incentive curiosity and time to kill, so given these factors, are there any things the almighty green would recommend to learn Japanese better/faster/smarter, especially from the unusual approach angle of a USian gaijin? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Jul 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Is Japanese the only language this perverse?

In Japanese there is only a tenuous relationship between the way something is written, and the way it's pronounced. This is particularly true of names. I'm wondering if Japanese is the only language like this. For example, the simple name 一 can be read something like 7 ways, each of which sounds nothing like the others (Ichi, Kazu, Hajime, etc.). [more inside]
posted by zachawry on Feb 2, 2015 - 19 answers

Japanese translation - what does it say on this wood block art?

Could a kind Japanese speaker please translate these characters? Years ago at a street market in Nara I bought these two simple pieces of wood, which were both hand-painted with kanji and a picture of a cat. I just loved the cheeky face of the cat but I've always wondered what the characters say. [more inside]
posted by boosh on Dec 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Kanji translation help

Can anyone tell me what this means? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Sep 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Recommend an iPad kanji writing flashcard app or JP app review site?

Does anyone have any suggestions for a flashcard app for iPad for practicing *writing* kanji? Or any recommendations for Japanese review sites for iOS apps? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Jul 31, 2014 - 12 answers

If you were learning Japanese, which radical list would you use?

I'm going to start learning Japanese in a couple of months, and in researching the language, I'm realizing that it's going to be a *lot* easier if I could recognize all the component parts of any Kanji I encounter. But..I'm noticing that there are a lot of different lists of those component parts...Heisig's lists, Wikipedia's tables of radicals, The Kanji Dictionary's 79 radicals, etc. Which radical lists do you like best, and why? Are there any out there that show you the radical, show you the characters that use it, and explain how the radical fits into those characters (meaning-wise)? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jul 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Kanji wear it, redux

Same question as last time - what do these letters say? The blood and skulls make it school unfriendly, but I'd like to know what the kids are parading around saying ...
posted by tilde on Apr 5, 2014 - 5 answers

What's the title of this Japanese book?

I'm trying to track down a particular Japanese-language book for my friend, but I'm having trouble recognizing some of the kanji in the title (picture inside)... [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Feb 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Can you help me buy this Japanese tee for my husband's birthday?

My husband really likes this t shirt and his birthday is in a few weeks. Problem: website is in Kanji (I think-?) and I can't see the 'Happy Birthday' one anywhere. It it can't be found online, do you know if the site has an actual physical shop anywhere? I have friends in Tokyo/Kyoto who might be able to send it over if it's available. HALP (and thank you!)
posted by everydayanewday on Jun 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Is this a Chinese or Japanese character?

I'm fairly sure this thing I saw this morning is going to be a vertical growing tower for plants. Is it also a Chinese or Japanese character? If it is, what is it? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Kanji wear it?

Any idea what this says? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Jan 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Kanji Now!

A friend wants an iPad app to help learn Kanji, there appear to be many and was wondering if anyone has a recommendation? thanks and happy holidays!
posted by silsurf on Dec 24, 2012 - 6 answers

What does the kanji on this hoodie say?

What does the Kanji on this hoodie say? [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Nov 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Japanese translation. Difficulty: penguins.

Can you help me translate the kanji on this shirt? [more inside]
posted by stefanie on Aug 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me highlight Asian characters in MS Word?

How can I find and highlight non latin characters in a Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by merocet on Jun 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Usage of specific kanji for the name Hideyoshi

Am I using the kanji "" correctly, when combined to create the name "Hideyoshi" and translation of "flourish + beauty?" Am I even doing it right? [more inside]
posted by CancerMan on Sep 6, 2011 - 13 answers

How many Chinese characters are shared between Mandarin and Japanese?

How many Chinese characters are shared 1:1 between Mandarin and Japanese? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Feb 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Who made my art?

I need help reading the name of the artist on two pieces of artwork I inherited from my Japanese step-grandmother. [more inside]
posted by shmurley on Jan 11, 2011 - 1 answer

Need some kanji translated

TranslationFilter, I was wondering if anyone could translate three kanji characters. I've asked around, and haven't found anyone, so I decided to turn to you guys hoping that someone would be able to. [more inside]
posted by pcowden on Sep 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Wanted: "Programmatic Handwriting Recognition for Dummies".

How can I learn how to programmatically recognized Japanese handwriting? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Handwriting in Japanese?

How do people hand-write in Japanese? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Apr 5, 2010 - 26 answers

Where can I find Japanese books (fiction or not) with furigana online?

Where can I find Japanese books (fiction or not) with furigana online? [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals on Mar 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Identify inscriptions on wood beams in a shogun cemetery?

Can you identify and/or translate the inscriptions on the vertical wooden beams in this picture? Or provide some historical background? [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Feb 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Without Maru the cat, I am nothing.

How to display Japanese text in Win7? [more inside]
posted by chez shoes on Nov 21, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I express "beautiful yet disgusting" with Kanji?

How do I express this idea in Kanji? [more inside]
posted by mai on May 9, 2009 - 9 answers

State of Japanese Kanji Learning Apps, 2009

Of all the web applications, Nintendo DS games, iphone/ipod touch apps, and other technology-based methods available for learning Japanese Kanji, what do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Help explain kanji radicals to a self-studying newbie

Please help me understand why Kanji radicals that "are not independent kanji" or katakana still have a basic definition... [more inside]
posted by Eicats on Apr 8, 2009 - 12 answers

Trying to avoid reverse Engrish.

Help me translate/verify/understand some Kanji! [more inside]
posted by Uther Bentrazor on Apr 2, 2009 - 23 answers

Book recommendations for learning Japanese

I'd like to learn Japanese and I'm looking for book recommendations, especially for someone who can read Chinese. [more inside]
posted by pravit on Mar 21, 2009 - 12 answers

Short translation

Can someone translate the Asian (I presume) symbol and text on this baseball hat? Pic1 Pic2
posted by exogenous on Sep 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Do I have to turn このファイル.dat into 00001.dat?

Is there some way to bulk rename files from kanji/kana to romaji? Or any other solution to keep some of the Japanese file name while only using ASCII characters? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Jun 24, 2008 - 8 answers

Kanji handwriting recognition on the cheap

I have a Wacom graphics tablet. Is there a (preferably free or at least cheap) kanji handwriting recognition program for WinXP that would let me write kanji by hand without knowing the correct stroke order, and produce a translation and/or Unicode characters that I can cut and paste? [more inside]
posted by martinrebas on Apr 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Inputting Kanji on a Palm

I use a Palm TX to help me study japanese. How can I input kanji directly into a document ? [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos on Jan 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Kanji for David and Goliath concept?

I'm looking for a cool Kanji/Hanji nickname that I will use to identify my Kendo/Kumdo equipment bags. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Jan 3, 2008 - 8 answers


I am planning to take the 4-kyuu JPLT exam this year, and have a few questions best answered by someone who has actually taken the test. [more inside]
posted by ilsa on Jul 14, 2007 - 3 answers

Remove Japanese from dual-language PDF?

How to strip Kanji characters from .pdf? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jul 5, 2007 - 5 answers

UTF-8 kanji in Wordpress 2.1

How do you make Wordpress 2.1 handle UTF-8 encoded kanji and hiragana correctly? [more inside]
posted by Steven C. Den Beste on Apr 14, 2007 - 10 answers

Japan/ese-ophiles: Help me find out more about this WWII-era phenomenon in propaganda in Japan.

Japan/ese-ophiles: Help me find out more about this WWII-era phenomenon in propaganda in Japan. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Mar 14, 2007 - 3 answers

Japanese Blogs?

I want to start reading some Japanese blogs in an effort to improve my grasp of the language. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Apr 26, 2006 - 4 answers

Can anyone read the characters (Asian) on this bell my friend's had for about 13 years?

IHateHateHatePhotobucketFilter: Can anyone read the characters (Asian) on this bell my friend's had for about 13 years? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Apr 20, 2006 - 18 answers

Modifying php-based web calendar to allow UTF-8 (Japanese) input

Probably easy question about PHP and unicode (UTF-8) and RegEx. I'm trying to modify a php webcalendar (VTcalendar) to allow Japanese text in calendar postings. I've found all the variables to get the UTF-8 headers, and so japanese text manually inserted into pages appears fine. But, there's an input validation thingy I don't know how to modify. (short snippet inside) [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto on Mar 29, 2006 - 4 answers


I want to learn Japanese, specifically to read it, preferably quickly. [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin on Aug 9, 2005 - 16 answers

How do I turn a translated haiku into Japanese calligraphy?

How can I turn a translated haiku back into Japanese calligraphy for printing and framing? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Mar 30, 2005 - 5 answers

How can I learn Japanese?

I've been studying Japanese at a college level for three years now and I think I have an intermediate knowledge of the language, sentence pattern and grammar wise, and an OK vocabulary, considering I don't speak it everyday. Aside from actually living in Japan, which isn't an option right now due to college and work commitments, what is the best way to learn Japanese, especially reading and writing Kanji? [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus on Dec 11, 2003 - 15 answers

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