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This website allows you to practice kanjis. You will work on recognition and meaning of kanjis as well as pronunciation. The website provides 1680 kanjis at the moment. It can be used by beginners as well as experienced students, but it is not realy a discovery tool. Several options are available such as work offline and a spanish version. You will also have a list of links and infos about the Japanese language proficiency test. Let's study kanjis !
study.jpgThere are several website that provide free translation service from English to Japanese on the web.
So if you would like to compare several of them at the same time, "cross translation" will be a great help for you.
Of course, they provide Japanese to English.
If English to Japanese translation function doesn't work, try Japanese version. 英⇒日 means from English to Japanese.

In English

In Japanese
Kyoto CIty International Foundation provides 2 Japanese courses starting from July.

[Easy Japanese I]

Course Content:
People who have had no previous Japanese experience will pick up everyday Japanese expressions that will help with life in Japan.

7/7, 14, 21, 28
8/4, 11, 18, 25
9/8, 15, 22, 29
(12 classes per course)


A)13 students
B)13 students

Course Fee:
3,000 yen for 12 classes, including teaching materialsEven if you join a class during the middle of the session the charge remains the same and is not refundable.

[Easy Japanese ?]

Course Content:
We will practice Japanese so you can understand grammar and vocabulary and communicate more accurately in everyday basic Japanese. We will practice writing letters, diaries, and short paragraphs.
7/6, 13, 20, 27
8/3, 10, 24, 31
9/7, 14, 21, 28 ( 12 classes per course)

13 students

Course Fee:
3,000 yen for 12 classes, including teaching materialsEven if you join a class during the middle of the session the charge remains the same and is not refundable.

Applications are available at the reception counter and can be turned in until the first days of the classes.
(July 6th and July 7th respectively) 〜You may also join a class late in July.-

At the first class, a teacher will test your Japanese ability and place you in the appropriate class.

After your class has been decided you should pay the course fee at the reception counter.

[Application period]
Kyoto International Community House
2-1 Torii-cho Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku,Kyoto

Further Info:
"Minna no Kyozai" is a website managed by The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa.
Once you register as a member user, you can access to more than 10,000 teaching resources for free.
This website is created in Japanese, English and Korean and mainly for Japanese Teachers. Thus there are a lot of explanations how to tell Japanese culture to foreigners. Teaching materials are written in Japanese with "Furigana" and English. You can teach yourself very easily.
It could be more useful than general text books for Japanese learners.
If you have Japanese friends or a speaking partner to study Japanese, you could bring this material and study together.URL:
Japanese Language Proficiency Test by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services
The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test will be held both in Japan and abroad to evaluate and certify the proficiency in Japanese of non-native speakers.
This kind of Japanese language certification is required to apply to Japanese companies
1. Application Form: The booklet will be on sale on and after July 3 (Mon), 2006 at major bookstores in Japan for 500 yen per copy. For the store list, please see the JEES website.
2. Test Fee: 5,500 yen
3. Application Period: July 3 (Mon) to September 5 (Tue), 2006
(Applications postmarked after September 5, 2006 will not be accepted).
Additional application period: September 12 (Tue) to October 4 (Wed), 2006
(Applications postmarked after October 4, 2006 will not be accepted.)
Additional handling charge 3,000 yen is required.
4. Sending off the Test Voucher: Scheduled for October 27 (Fri), 2006

Inquiries (in Japan)
JLPT Section, Test Division, JEES
Tel. 03-5454-5577

Internet Nihongo Shiken
This website is run by the Japan Fundation.
It is free to register and take online Japanese test as your preparation for the real test.
"Hajimemashite Japan Course" is a 12 series of Japanese conversation classes for beginners who have difficulties with Japanese language & life.
This course is provided by A' Work Sousoukan which was founded for the adults' education supported by the local government of Osaka.
The class is for a small group of people with a qualifies Japanese teacher.
If you have just arrived here and would like to start studying Japanese, this course is recommended.

Teacher: Masako Sakonju
Place: A' Work Sousoukan
Address: 2-3-8 Kizugawa, Naniwa-ku , Osala-city
Period: 17th May 2006 - 2nd August 2006(Wed)
Class: 2 hours, 12 times 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost: Free (3,000yen for materials and activities)
Tel: 06-6562-0410
E-mail: Ms.Yasuhara)
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If you are looking for a university to study in Japan, the following universities provide OpenCourseWare program.
MIT started OCW in 2002 and more than 1,000 courses are available on the internet. More than 500,000 users access MIT OCW from all over the world.

The following Japanese universities have started OCW.
Osaka University provides Osaka University Open Courseware ( which has 25 courses and more than 1,500 pages are available in English on the internet.

Kyoto University provides KYOTO-U OpenCourseWare ( and 26 courses are available at this time.

Other Japan OCW Alliance Universities
Keio University
Keio Opencourseware (

Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tokyo Tech OCW (

the University of Tokyo

Waseda University
Waseda OpenCourseWare (

If you only have a non Japanese OS and have difficulties to type Japanese characters, visit Click "長文作成モード(暗号化ON)" and type in roman characters and press "Enter" or return key.
This is a sample when you type "kanji" on this web site.

KUDO Taku provides a website that you can change roman characters into Japanese characters on the web using Ajax.
Visit his site and try.
This is a sample when you type "kanji", it changes the alphabets immediately like this.
Ajax IME
For the people who are looking for universities or colleges to study Japanese, visit these web sites before to decide.
If you study in Kyoto, it is very easy to access to shrines and temples and feel traditional culture.

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies the Course in Japanese Studies for Overseas Student
10 minutes walk to the west from Hankyu Railway Saiin Station or take the city bus routes 3,28,29,67,69,71 from “Nishioji Shijo (Saiin)” and get off at “Kyoto Gaidai” (approx. 5 min.).

From JR Kyoto Station, take city bus Number 28 from the Karasuma Terminal or routes 71 or 84 from Hachijo terminal and get off at “Kyoto Gaidai” (all routes takes approx. 30 min.).

From Karasuma on the subway line, get off at “Shijo” Station and take routes 3 or 29 bus from “Shijo Karasuma” and get off at “Kyoto Gaidai” (approx. 15 min.).


Doshisha University Center for Japanese Language
Today Doshisha University has exchange agreements with 60 universities in 22 countries throughout the world and regularly exchanges a host of students through its exchange programs.
In 2005 190 students from overseas studies in Doshisya University.

Office of the Center for Japanese Language
5th floor, Kofukan, Imadegawa Campus
Doshisha University
Karasuma-Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori
Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8580, Japan
TEL: +81-75-251-3257
FAX: +81-75-251-3123
Office Hours:9:00-11:30, 12:30-17:00 (Monday through Friday)
*The office is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, and holidays designated by the university.

Ryukoku University Japanese Culture and Language Program
Maximum Enrollment: 40 Students
Admission Per Semester: approximately 20 Students
Address: Ryukoku University 67 Tsukamoto-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8577 Japan
Tel 075-642-1111
Fax 075-642-8867
For the people who are looking for universities or colleages to study Japanese and other majors, visit these links before to decide.
If you study in Osaka, you can enjoy city life rather than old traditional atmosphere.

Osaka University

Kansai Gaidai University Asian Studies Program

Kinki University Japanese Language Course

Osaka International University School of Japanese Studies for Foreign Students

Osaka University of Foreign Studies

Osaka City University

Osaka Kyoiku University

Osaka College of Music

International Buddhist University

Osaka Prefecture University

Osaka University of Pharmaceutial Sciences