Apps for Japanese Culture

I am part of the Japanese culture in America. My Mom can put all these traditional Japanese foods together for New Years. I, on the other hand CAN'T. I want to learn more about my culture. I went to Japanese Language School as a youngster. I took Japanese in college but it sure didn't teach me to cook. I found these great apps. They will help you learn about the culture as well as function while in Japan.

Learn the Shinkansen (bullet train) schedule, listen to Japanese music, learn about the language and more.

The Imiwa? dictionary, which means "What's the Meaning?" is so reliable and so fast that my Mom asks me how something is read or written when i am around. Looking it up the old-fashion way is a bit too slow now. One point for technology!

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Cooori's Japanese English Dictionary
By cooori
4.5 STARS out of 5
iTunes and Android

Input the word in English and the dictionary will give you Japanese. Input the Japanese word and English will pop up.

Accessible anytime, anywhere, and with no network connection required. This dictionary is well written and well translated.

✔ Use English phrases like "to make progress" or "plan design aim" to search over 140,000 entries.
✔ Use Japanese conjugations.
✔ Search as you type both English and Japanese.
✔ JLPT classified words and relevant example sentences.
✔ Touch boxed kanjis to navigate and reveal stroke animations.
✔ Full content with a small memory footprint.
✔ Download via 3G.

Learning the Japanese language is a step toward understanding the Japanese culture.

FREE Version: - iPhone  |   iPod  |  iPad

FREE Version: - Android

Imiwa? (Japanese dictionary)
By Pierre-Phi di Costanzo
5 STARS out of 5

This is a free Japanese dictionary for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Use the English keyboard to input English words or Romanized Japanese words, you will find the Kanji, kana and English. Use the Japanese keyboard for the same results. Included is a chart to look-up the kanji by radicals. It is easy to use! Use this app to fit your language into the Japanese culture. It is not a free translator but it can be used to translate kanji into Romanized kana or Japanese kana. This dictionary has had every word I've needed to look up.

This application is 100MB+ large, installation over iTunes/Wifi, (synch from your computer) is recommended.

FREE Version: - iPhone  |   iPod  |  iPad

By Northvillage
Not enough ratings

It is 'SHINKANSEN-R' that covers the Shinkansen whole line in Japan.
 Shinkansen of Tokaido, San-yo, Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu, Nagano, and Kyushu.

The app follows the route you are on. You will be able to follow along on the map. You won’t miss your station. You’ll know before the station arrives so you can prepare to get off and continue on without stresses and enjoy the Japanese culture all around you.

- Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokyo - Shin-Osaka)

- Sanyo Shinkansen (Shin-Osaka - Hakata)

- Tohoku Shinkansen (Tokyo - New Aomori)

- Yamagata Shinkansen (Fukushima - Shinjo)

- Akita Shinkansen (Morioka - Akita)

- Jouetsu Shinkansen (Tokyo - Niigata)

- Nagano Shinkansen (Tokyo - Nagano)

- Kyushu Shinkansen (Hakata - Kagoshima Chuo)

PAID Version: - iPhone  |  iPad

Japanese Food 3000Recipes From Three Minutes Cooking
By Nippon Television Network Corporation
3 STARS out 5

Recipes from Japan’s 3 minute cooking program. The entire app is in Japanese. If you really love cooking and have a good handle on reading kanji. You will be able to jump right in to this Japanese culture experience. Or the pictures will give you an idea of the ingredients and flavor of the recipes.

The photos of the mouth-watering dish that are updated daily along with the TV program.
3000 recipes organized by seasonal ingredients(spring, summer, fall and winter), which help you make great dishes. Like a recipe save it to Favorites.

This app also includes: 
“The season’s recipe” 
“Popular dish in Japan” 
“Weekly recipe”

The specialized kitchen timer allows you to listen to pre-recored music or music from your iPod. Test first you learn how to set the timer music from your iPod. The music from the iPod ran over the time I set.

FREE Version: - iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

Bento Master
By Greg Cheong
Not enough ratings

Bento Master is a fun, easy to use application for planning and making authentic Japanese bento box lunches.

Add Japanese culture and fun by selecting and arranging different Japanese food items in your virtual bento box. When you are satisfied with your creation, save it and then view all the easy step by step bento recipes so you can actually make it! You can also share images of your bento lunch creations with friends on Facebook or by e-mail.

Bento Master also contains advice on healthy food ratios, aesthetic considerations, bento packing and food safety tips so you can create healthy, balanced & visually appealing meals easily.

Includes a variety of delicious, authentic Japanese food items to choose from and make.

PAID Version: - iPad

How to Make Origami
By Sergey Burlakov
4.5 STARS out of 5

In the Japanese culture fine motor skills are revered, such as hand crafted dolls, cloths, and crafts. An easy beginning to Japanese craft is origami. This app allows you to watch a step by step video as you fold along with the written instructions.

Some of the selections are traditional, some are more modern but whatever you choose to download after the original download is up to you. And they are all free.

One side note it has been established that fine motor skills increase math skills.

FREE Version: - iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

FREE Version: - Android

Learn Japanese Phrasebook
By Codegent
4.5 STARS out of 5

I can’t believe the quality of this app. The quality of the voice, the ability to search and add frequently used words to a favorites list is easy and clear to use. Once downloaded you don’t need an internet connection to find the phrase you need or want to use.

Learn Japanese is an easy to use mobile Japanese phrasebook that will give those of you interested in Japanese and those who are interested in learning the Japanese culture a good start with the language. Recommended app for tourists and business people visiting Japan. Get the free app first check out the quality. A bilingual speaker gave it a thumbs up.

The first 6 categories are free:
• Greetings
• General conversation
• Numbers
• Directions and places
• Transportation
• Eating out

These categories come with the paid app:
* Time and date
* Accommodation
* Shopping
* Colors
* Towns and provinces
* Countries
* Tourist attractions
* Family
* Dating
* Emergency
* Feeling sick
* Tongue twisters

FREE Version: - iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

PAID Version: - iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

FREE Version: - Android

PAID Version: - Android

Hikaru Shirosu
By Hikaru Shirosu
Not enough ratings

Just reviewed Hikaru Shirosu’s self titled app called Hikaru Shirosu. I have been a fan of his since hearing his song, In Answer to Your Prayer, on Youtube after Japan’s devastating March 2011 Tsunami. The Japanese culture seems to simply come out into his tunes. Its simpleness seems to say “Thank you” whole heartedly.

From this app you will be able to hear his music, read his biography, watch videos and share the app link with all your friends. Stay connected by reading his tweets from this app. If you enjoy songs either in English or Japanese, you will enjoy Hikaru Shirosu’s app.

FREE Version: - iPhone  |  iPad

Japanese Music Radio
By KandaBi
4 STARS out 5

A variety of Japanese music from the traditional to the hip hop

Listen to a different types of Japanese Music all from a very easy menu. The Japanese culture includes a variety of musical styles: traditional, modern new age and hip hop. All you do is tap on a station. It loads and you tap the play arrow. It will continue to play in the background if you do not tap the stop.

It has these features:* Timer: You can set up a timer to stop the music.* Song Title: You can view the song title of the music. (if available)* Album Cover: You can view the album cover of the song. (if available)Itunes Link: You can download the song from itunes. (if available)

FREE Version: - iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

By M-Facto
4.5 out of 5
(4 voters)

33 station you can recorded songs. You won’t need access to the internet to play the recorded files. Easy to use.

FREE Version: - Android

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