Searchable UGC documents

Most of the documents uploaded by the UGC are scanned from old papers. The documents are therefore neither searchable nor copyable. I, therefore, run them through OCR (using the awesome Kami web app) and use them. Here are some I used recently. This page might be updated in the future with more documents. Hint: Press Ctrl+F…

Basic Japan tracking on the English language web

Living in a country other than Japan and keeping track of Japan is not easy. Thankfully, the internet makes collecting information much easier now than it used to be a decade ago, when I used to be a student. This is a small guide to keep track of basic events and trends in Japan. Notes:…

Publicly Available Videos from International Research Center for Japanese Studies

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (国際日本文化研究センター or 日文研 in short) has a good collection of videos of academic lectures delivered by eminent scholars at the Centre. The videos are available publicly and thus can be accessed by anyone from anywhere. At the time of writing this blog post, there are around 219 videos, which…

The other side of the EFLU story: In Defence Of What I Stand For

A lot has been said regarding an incident at EFLU recently, with news reports, articles, debates and arguments all over the media, both social and conventional. The incident is directly related to me, therefore I feel that a clarification from my side is necessary. On the 9th of this month, a GBM was conducted to…

[How to] Install Google Hangouts in Linux

Google Talk is now Google hangouts. You’ll need Google Chrome for this which can be downloaded from https://www.google.com/chrome . After installing Google Chrome, go to https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd and click on “Add to Chrome”. Then restart Google Chrome and you should be ready to go. If you are using Ubuntu with something other than Unity, you will get a system…

Denshi Jisho (jisho.org) – An online dictionary

Okay, we have learnt about dictionaries for use with browsers, a dictionary for your mobile phone, and also an offline dictionary for your computer. Now why would you need an online dictionary? Well, because in many respects, it is better than the others. We are talking about jisho.org here. Denshi Jisho, as jisho.org is called,…

Suiteki : Japanese dictionary on your (dumb)phone.

Suiteki is a fully functional and awesome English to Japanese and Japanese to English dictionary and Kanji dictionary for mobile phones. It can be installed on any phone supporting Java (J2ME) applications. Or simply put, if you have “Applications” in your phone, you could most probably install Suiteki on your phone. Browse the screenshots to get an idea about…

The Samurai Archives

“ The Samurai Archives” is a website that “ deals with the military aspects of Old Japan, and as such devotes considerable space to the warriors themselves, along with descriptions of battles and various other ‘militant’ topics” 1.     The layout of the website is a bit confusing. If you can’t figure out where…

Rikaichan and Rikaikun

If you didn’t think that I am going to talk about a boy and a girl with the same name, you are probably already familiar with these!Rikaichan is an extension for the popular browser Mozilla Firefox. As the official description says: Japanese to English/German/French/Russian dictionary. Just hover the mouse on top of a word, and…

Bilingual reading

http://www.bauddha.net Among other things, this site contains masterpieces of World literature in English and Japanese. The stories are presented in two columns, one in English and the other in Japanese, making it very easy to read.   Dictionaries can also be used within the pages. Just choose the dictionaries you want to use from the…