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…

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,…

Tagaini Jisho

I have talked about Rikaichan and Rikaikun in this blog before. But both of these are browser extensions, they can only be used when viewing a web page. What about a standalone dictionary which can be used offline? Enter Tagaini Jisho: Tagaini Jisho is a powerful English-Japanese and Japanese-English dictionary and kanji lookup tool. It also…

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…