Websites for WRITING


Those of you who exchange emails with Japanese people, do you ever get sent emoji like these?
These days there are emoji functions for mobile phone emails, so some of you may use them quite naturally.

In this article we'll introduce 3 interesting, convenient websites concerned with "writing" in Japanese, including places where you can find a number of emoji like the ones above.

1. 顔文字ナビ Kao-moji (Smiley/Emoticon) Navi

This is website that presents tons of emoticons.
You can copy and paste any that you want to use.
It might help you learn how to express various feelings in Japanese.
Why not try using them when you write letters to Japanese friends?
It can add a bit of something extra to your usual written correspondence.

For example, imagine you want to write a mail to say thank you to one of your best friends.
Rather than a plain old "ありがとう", don't you think an emoji-enhanced
"ありがとう \(#⌒0⌒#)/"
could be just the thing to convey your true feelings!?

Yep yep!

You can use the 50-sound Japanese syllabary menu for convenience.
We'll try selecting 'す'.

Having done this, in the next frame keywords beginning with 'す' appear.

Click on 'Back' to return to the previous screen.
We'll try selecting '好き'.
Under the term '好き' you'll find various different kinds of 'like', so please choose the one you want.

Lots of emoticons were displayed.
Amongst those for '好き' you find 'いちゃいちゃ'and 'すりすり', expressed with kaomoji alongside the onomatopoeia.
Even people who don't understand the onomatopoeia can choose the feeling closest to what they want to express by choosing the matching emoticon.
It might also make for a fun way to study onomatopoeia in Japanese.

There really is such an array of different emoticons, you should try clicking on a few different ones as you look through.

2.文芸社オリジナル原稿用紙ダウンロード(Bungeisha original Japanese manuscript paper download)

This is the Bungeisha website. Here you can download original Japanese manuscript paper for writing.

If you want to download then input Japanese writing directly choose the option '直接入力用' (Direct-input use) from the left side of the screen. The button at the top is for a vertical writing sheet, the bottom button for a horizontal writing sheet.

Alternatively, if you want to write by hand, please choose '手書き用' (Handwriting use) from the right side of the screen. Again, the button at the top gives you a vertical writing sheet and the one at the bottom a horizontal writing sheet.

Direct-input use, vertical writing sheet

To get here from the Bungeisha top page, click on '文芸社オリジナル原稿用紙ダウンロード' from the section marked '出版をお考えの方へ' (For people considering publishing).

3. Kanji Science

This is a blog that looks at various hints and convenient tools for studying kanji, with explanations on how to use such tools. Here, you'll find Japanese educational fonts which are suitable for Japanese language learning such as hiragana hand-tracing and hirgana matching quiz.

There may be some of you out there who'd like to type in Japanese using a font just like the one you're used to seeing in your textbooks.
Check out how to install the free Japanese educational fonts.

So, anyway, these websites are all different in their own special way, but the common thread is 'Writing'.
Why not try them out and see if they can't be of some help to you!


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