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OCJS Online Japanese Dictionary

Welcome to the Yamasa's OCJS Online Dictionary. This dictionary is published in English, Chinese (Traditional), Spanish, Korean, German and Czech and includes both a word dictionary and a Kanji dictionary in an online database.
Kanji Kanji Kanji

Print form for
(newspapers etc)

Animation for
stroke order

In addition to the Kanji readings and meanings, it also includes 3 images of each character. These include a print form, an animation of each Kanji to show the stroke order, and a third version that we have included to help you when reading hand written characters - for example in postcards or letters.

At the right you can see the print form, animation and handwriting sample for the Japanese character for "mountain pass". You will often see this character if travelling in the mountains that cover 80% of Japan.

Key Features

You can view Kanji in different listings. In other words, you can search via the On Reading, Kun Reading, Number of strokes used to write the character, by its meaning or by the radical component. Some of these sections will require a password for access after the move to the new servers. Also available is the gradually developing Kana dictionary - useful for deciphering obscure katakana and gairaigo words. You can also search for individual Kanji - for example by copy/pasting a word from an online newspaper or Japanese website, or by inputting a character or compound word.

The final feature available in the test version is a Kanji Link generator. The link generator is designed to help you read online text. If you copy an article (for example from the online version of a Japanese newspaper) or a Japanese email and paste it into the link generator, then each of the Kanji in the text you have pasted will be hyperlinked to the dictionary entry. This way you can concentrate on the grammar, and simply click on any Kanji you don't know the reading of.

One last thing...

Please note that the settings of your browser should be for displaying script in your preferred language. For example if you are an English speaker using a computer at Yamasa that someone else has set to Korean - then the dictionary will appear in Korean unless you reset the browser to read English.

"How do I do this?"

If you are using Internet Explorer, click tools, then internet options, then the general tab and then click the language button. Select English (or your preferred language) and set it as your preference. If your preferred language is not listed you can add it.

To enter the dictionary please click here.