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Rikai Browser - Read Japanese, Kanji, Hiragana & Katakana on the Web

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Reading Japanese on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch just got easier!

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See it in action:

Rikai Browser is a full web browser with an automatic Japanese-to-English dictionary. You can browse a website, select a word or Japanese kanji character, and then instantly look up its meaning!

The must-have app for anyone who browses websites in Japanese on their iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch. It’s incredibly simple to use - look up any word in seconds with your fingers.

Tap and hold your finger over any Japanese word or character to select it. Then, tap the “Rikai” button to see the word’s meaning and reading in hiragana (Japanese alphabet). That’s it!

Rikai Browser also remembers your search history, and what pages you saw them on – so, if you want to study the words, you can always go back later.

While we think Rikai Browser is amazing, please note that it does NOT automatically translate Japanese pages into English in this version.

iPod Touch users must be connected to wifi to use Rikai Browser.

A seriously fun app for learning Japanese vocabulary. Available for iPhone and iPod Touch.

What's New in Version 1.5

**** Jump to Rikai From Safari ****
Ever wanted to jump from the safari page you were looking at straight into Rikai Browser? Now you can. Install the bookmarklet with the instructions here:

**** Improved Integration with Japanese Flash ****
When studying a word in Japanese Flash for Rikai Browser, jFlash will now show a "Return to Rikai Browser" button. Makes learning new words easier than ever!


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Customer Reviews


Hey, color me 'Doofus', but I can't give this more than 2 stars until I find some instructions as to how it's supposed to work. As a longtime user of the Firefox plugin, I honestly cannot make heads or tails of this.

Auto rikai sounds simple enough, but how do I scan text with my finger on the iPad? All it does is move the page around. Is there some multitouch combination I need to know about here?

I've searched the web and have to find any info on their site or elsewhere that explains how this is used.

Poor UI decisions

This software could be good but it seems like it was lazily implemented. In addition to the difficulty selecting text that others have mentioned, the fatal flaw for me is the inability to get definitions for text that also happens to be a hyperlink. This is an issue that's addressed elegantly in the web version. It's especially frustrating that software that could exists does not. Reading with a dictionary in my lap is still easier. Lame.

perfect for its purpose

Enables me to read Jp websites at a fast enough pace that I can intake more content than other students of Japanese can dream to.

Rikai Browser - Read Japanese, Kanji, Hiragana & Katakana on the Web
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2012
  • Version: 1.5
  • Size: 15.8 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Long Weekend
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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