Jishosen is a free, online Japanese dictionary based on open data from projects such as JMdict and KanjiVG. This site aims to provide a quick, easy way to look up Japanese vocabulary and stroke order diagrams, especially on mobile devices.

I would like to thank the authors of the free, public resources which have made this site possible:

JMdict Jim Breen's multilingual Japanese dictionary. This is currently the source of all dictionary content for this site. JMdict is the property of the EDRDG and is used in conformance with the Group's license.
KanjiVG Ulrich Apel's database of Kanji stroke order diagrams. This data is used to generate the stroke order animations which appear in search results for single Japanese characters. The original project, as well as the animations based on it, are released under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.
The Great Wave off Kanagawa Public-domain image of Hokusai's famous print, which was modified for use as this site's background.

The JMdict data on this site was last updated on .


You can search for entries which start with, end with, or contain your search term by using wildcards in the search box. For instance, if you end your term with a hyphen (‘-’), as in “tabe-”, you will get all entries which start with “tabe”, such as “tabemono”, “taberu”, and so on. In general, typing a hyphen (‘-’), tilde (‘~’), or wave dash (‘~’) at the beginning or end of your search term will free that end of the word to match anything. By default, the search engine will return all entries which start with your term. You can check the box labeled “Exact Match” to limit the search results to exact matches.

Entering a single Japanese character in the search box will also display a stroke order animation for that character. The stroke order data comes from the KanjiVG project by Ulrich Apel.

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