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Derek · 2/17/2014
great kanji lookup, especially with a touchscreen!

I was surprised to see how well the kanji handwriting recognition works... it hasn't failed me yet! Rather than the usual methods of inputting the number of strokes and looking up radicals, I just draw the kanji (just using my finger and not doing it very neatly) and the potential matches appear below. So far the first match has been spot on for every character I've looked up, some of which were pretty complicated! You can also use keyboard input or copy/paste of course, seems like a good dictionary in general but for me being able to draw the character (with okurigana if needed) and see what it is makes this my new favorite studying tool! :)

Diego · 2/12/2014

I take a few hours to study and this app makes learning new kanji and their various readings much easier. This has earned a spot on my limited tile space.

Josh · 1/22/2014
Indispensable for any student of Japanese

I have this app for my Lumia 920 and it comes in handy unbelievably often. As a relatively new student and speaker of Japanese, whenever I run into a series of kanji I don't know, I am usually unable to snap-read the phrase. This set of applications has both made it possible for me to read without asking my teacher every five seconds what a word means and has expanded my vocabulary hugely. I highly recommend.

Ryan · 11/27/2013
Intuitive controls and beautiful interface

I found the interface to be simple to use and great to look at. My favorite part about the app is the handwriting portion. I can write kanji on my Surface and the app will recognize the kanji. However, I need to work on my handwriting skills... Anyhow, great app for those looking to learn kanji or expand their abilities!

Alan · 8/10/2013
App breaking bug

Nothing returns search results even the most basic words don't return any results...It was great beforehand aside from not being an offline app, but this absolutely needs to be fixed...

Ryan · 4/27/2013
Allows You to Look Up Unknown Kanji By Drawing

A very useful app in which you can hand drawn kanji or compounds, stroke by stroke, and then view the meaning of the kanji or compound, examine stroke order, pronunciations, and other words that use them. In Japanese you can search by handwriting and kana (but not romaji--the 'A' tile is for English input, which is also nice if you know the English meaning of the word but not the Japanese one). Two things that would make it a perfect app: 1) an offline mode, 2) sample sentences.

William · 2/16/2013
Only good if you always have WiFi. Also sluggish.

This app could be really great - its ui is clean, and professional. However, it would be significantly improved if it stored the dictionary right on your machine. As it stands, if you are traveling and come across a kanji you don't know, you have to wait until you get home to search it. Also, the kanji writing/recognition system needs to be dedicated to its function, not poorly bundled with other handwriting systems, and it's sluggish and... problematic. Translations need work too.

Peter · 1/6/2013
Now my favorite Japanese Kanji App.

It is also the first dictionary to give me the nearest thing to a Thesaurus which I have no found before. Clearly it is not but it gives a whole slew of other kanji compounds that do the same thing. I'd like to have a save feature but I'd pay for that. This App is also beautiful, simple, stylish and makes my iOS Japanese dictionaries look ugly and old. MS has created a great platform for writers/content creators. This Japanese Kanji App is now my go to dictionary and I cannot do without it.

Brett · 11/6/2012
Great if you know how to input kanji

This app has a clean interface: you just type or handwrite kanji characters, and it will translate them for you along with giving you pronunciations. You must have installed either the Japanese or Chinese language pack, from the classic Control Panel on desktop, before being able to type or write. (Yes, the Chinese pack works for shared Chinese characters!) You cannot use Romanized query text, unfortunately, so something like 'yama' does not return the kanji for mountain but instead sth else.

01 · 11/1/2012
kanji app

great app with a lot of functions and great design easy to use recommend, recommend to anyone who want to study Japanese kanji.



  • Japanese-English-Japanese dictionary
  • Kanji dictionary with readings, meanings and other information
  • Kanji stroke order diagrams
  • Search by handwriting kanji (or alphabet) using mouse or touch
  • Conversion between alphabet, hiragana and katakana

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Changes in version - Updated to Windows 8.1 - Support for small, medium and wide tile sizes A major update will be provided once Windows 10 has been released.

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