This application is a multilingual Japanese dictionary that does not require an internet connection.

Imiwa? was created using the amazing JMdict files from the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group based on the work of Jim Breen on the EDICT project.

While some definitions are available in 4 languages (English, French, Russian and German), only the English translation is guaranteed for all entries in the JMDict dictionary. Initiate a search in any of those 4 languages, in Japanese or in romaji and imiwa? will do the rest.

imiwa? Also includes a rich database of kanji (KanjiDic), examples (from and conjugations as well as tools suitable for beginners.

Use the Traditional Chinese character recognition keyboard included in the iOS system for drawing kanji on screen.

What's New

Version 4.1.2

- Italian language in dictionary definitions
- Similar kanji information
- Faster dictionary and example search
- Kanji lookup by external reference number
- くれる and いい conjugation
- Images search shortcut (tap and hold Japanese word in dictionary display)
- Save backup to cloud services

Ratings and Reviews



Just awesome



Great program!
Excellent, simple interface makes it super easy to look up words on the go when there is no cellular service or wifi hotspot available!

For inputing handwritten kanji: make sure to use the traditional Chinese setting!

Keep up the great work! Can't wait for an update to make it even more streamlined!

Excellent Japanese Dictionary On-the-go


Even though I only use Kotoba! occasionally, it is simply a must-have app on the phone, for those who are interested in exploring Japanese language. Good job. I do have a little suggestion on a more appealing icon design. How about removing the red circle, and have the kanji character in bright red, not only will it still resemble the Japan flag, but it will definitely look a whole lot more fashionable. Just a thought. Keep up the good work.


Pierre-Philipp di Costanzo
979.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Pierre-Philippe di Costanzo 2008-2017


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    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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