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Midori (Japanese Dictionary)

By Sukolsak Sakshuwong

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(Now with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus)

Midori is a Japanese-English, English-Japanese dictionary app. It's the most powerful dictionary and a perfect tool for those who are studying Japanese, with 890,000 entries, 150,000 example sentences, and many features that will make your Japanese learning experience much easier.


• More than 170,000 word entries. Each entry shows a reading, a meaning, and a kanji breakdown.

• Example sentences with furigana (small hiragana above kanji).

• Words in example sentences are linked to the definitions.

• More than 12,000 kanji. Each kanji shows a reading, a meaning, and example compounds.

• Over 6,000 kanji with stroke order diagrams and stroke order animations.

• Over 720,000 Japanese proper names, place names, surnames, given names, company names and product names.


• Search by kana, romaji, or combination of both, such as あき, aki, or aき

• Search by handwriting using real Japanese handwriting recognition

• Search by kanji radicals, e.g. 禾 + 火 → 秋

• Search suggestion when the input is in a conjugated form, e.g. 走った → 走る

• Search with wildcard characters, e.g. 日*人 returns all words that start with 日 and end with 人

• Partial results when the full word is not found, e.g. searching for 青い本 returns the results for 青い and 本

• Fast incremental search gives you the result instantly as you type


• List of kanji as taught in Japanese schools from grade 1 to 6

• List of kanji by frequency as appeared in Japanese newspapers

• List of kanji and words by Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) levels

• Lists of hiragana and katakana, each with stroke diagram and animation

• Bookmarks with folders support. You can export, import, or share bookmarks with your friends.


• Flashcards for bookmarked words and kanji with spaced repetition system

• Audio pronunciations (from speech synthesis)

• Create a vocabulary list with definitions from Japanese text in one tap

• Scratch Paper for practicing writing kanji on iPad

• No internet connection required

• Universal app. Buy it once, run on all your iOS devices, whether it's iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Please visit our website at to learn more about the app. If you have any questions, please let us know via email at Thank you!



We value our customers' satisfaction and don't want you to make a wrong purchase. Please read the following notes before buying the app.

• The handwriting recognition requires correct stroke order, though it allows a few incorrect strokes for some kanji.

• The app shows pronunciations in hiragana, not romaji. Do not buy this app if you can't read hiragana.


This application has included material from the JMdict (EDICT, etc.) dictionary files in accordance with the licence provisions of the Electronic Dictionaries Research Group. See

What's New in Version 1.8.4

- Tap on a headword to hear its pronunciation
- Furigana in the Translate tab (can be turned off in Settings)
- Ability to bookmark names
- Lists of loanwords (外来語)
- French definitions (enable in Settings)
- Bug fixes and general improvements


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Customer Reviews

I use it every day!

As a student of Japanese, I am always needing to look up a certain kanji or find the definition of a word.

When I see a kanji I don't know, I can draw it in and it will bring it up. I also have the option of searching by radical if I can't guess the stroke order. It's sort of fun in a way because I'm able to discover new kanji all the time. It shows the stroke order, on/kun readings, other words that use the particular kanji and an example sentence.

It's smooth, easy to learn how to use and can be used without any internet. I keep my phone on airplane mode and use it during class.

You can search it in English and Japanese. Something else I like to do is look up a verb and it will show me all the conjugations. If I need to know what katakana is used in a country's name or something, it will also list it for me.

I've never written a review before so forgive me if this is lengthy or jumbled but please don't hesitate to get the app. I think it was about $11 and it was worth it. I would have bought it even if it cost more if I had known how wonderful of an app it would be.

You can bookmark kanji and other words to bring them up later. There are all sorts of little features that make me love Midori so much.

It's just so easy to use and useful in so many ways.
No matter if you're an expert or a beginner, Midori is the best dictionary app!

Work of art

This app is one of the most impressive pieces of software I've ever encountered. It does everything you could possibly want in a Japanese dictionary, and it is beautifully designed and extremely intuitive to use. I use it all the time but I still occasionally happen on a delightful feature I hadn't noticed before. For example, I just discovered that tapping the kanji stroke order brings up an actual animation of writing the character -- and you can even fast forward and rewind it! Since the static stroke order chart already provides the needed information, this kind of additional polish just feels above and beyond. It's lovely to see such care put into an app. Highly recommended.

My go-to Japanese dictionary app

I've had both imiwa and Japanese but midori is pretty much the only app I use on a daily basis. Layout is nice and clean and it's easy to use (and imo looks better overall than the other two). Would be nice to see it on other platforms such as Mac. A minor issue I have with it is that the speed of the speech function is quite fast and cannot be controlled even when I try to change it in the speech accessibility settings. Another thing I'd love to see would be an addition of a radicals list similar to what Japanese by Renzo has. For now I guess I'll have to manually make my own but I think it will be a useful tool to others as well.

Midori (Japanese Dictionary)
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $9.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.8.4
  • Size: 88.2 MB
  • Languages: English, Japanese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6.

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