If you find that Kanji alive doesn’t work as expected or doesn’t appear correctly, please check whether you are using the most recent version of your web browser.
Kanji alive has been extensively tested on the current versions of web browsers on Windows, OS X or Linux (e.g. Chrome v53, FireFox v49, Microsoft Edge v14, and Safari v10, or newer). If you aren’t able to use a current browser on your computer, you may still be able to use an older, unsupported version of Kanji alive at http://old.kanjialive.com.
Note: Windows XP users only: Please first install Meiryo (a free, high-quality Japanese font from Microsoft) and then use the latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla FireFox. Kanji alive is not compatible with any version of Internet Explorer on Windows XP.
Note: Please review the Tips for Using Kanji alive section of the User Guide for suggestions on how to get the most out of Kanji alive on laptops with small displays or on desktop computers with very large monitors.
If you are still have problems using Kanji alive and the issue does not appear in the list below, please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to assist you.
Known Issues in Kanji alive
Please see the current list of known issues (and new feature requests) on GitHub
v1.0.6 (released April 21st, 2014):
- In Internet Explorer 10, the use of the previous & next stroke feature is not always reliable; update to Internet Explorer 11 or switch to Chrome or FireFox.
- In Internet Explorer 10 and 11, placing your mouse cursor over the Examples causes these to slightly shift position; as a workaround, switch to Chrome or FireFox
- The chapter assignments for kanji in “Adventures in Japanese” are out of date
- Kanji can’t easily be highlighted for copying and pasting into other applications; as a workaround, if you wish to copy the target kanji, select and copy the character shown in the Luminous Dictionary field.
- In old versions of Safari, moving the mouse cursor quickly over a series of Japanese sometimes leaves several of these “stuck” on their English translation. To fix this problem, use Safari v7.1 or higher (by upgrading to Mac OS X 10.9.5 or higher).
- Mobile and touch based devices are currently not supported.
v2.02. (December 19th, 2016)
- Fixed a problem where the wrong radical animation appeared alongside some radical variants.
v2.0.1 (October 18th, 2016)
- Added better support for mobile devices, in particular tablets
- Improved the appearance of Japanese text
v2.0.0 (October 9th, 2016)
- Added support for all radicals and variants in the search results
- Added support for searching kanji by radical position (rpos:) in hiragana and romaji, and viewing a symbol representing the radical’s position in the kanji for the most important radicals
- Added support for four new typefaces: Tensho, Gyosho, Kanteiryu, and Suzumushi
- Added ‘search for kanji by textbook’ support for TOBIRA: Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia, and for Vol. 1, 4th ed. of Adventures in Japanese.
- Added support for sharing searches and kanji details with others by copying the web address
- Added support for a free, public API to Kanji alive for developers on Mashape
- Released the source code of the Kanji alive web application on GitHub
- Improved the user interface and added more keyboard shortcuts
- Corrected miscellaneous typos and errors
v.1.0.6 (April 21, 2014)
- Added searching by textbook support for TOBIRA: Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia, by Mayumi Oka (et al), Kurosko Publishing (2009).
v.1.0.5 (April 8, 2014)
- Minor fixes.
v.1.0.4 (March 9, 2014)
- Minor fixes.
v.1.0.3 (Dec. 17, 2013)
- Added searching by textbook support for Intermediate Kanji Book Vol.1, Chieko Kano, Yuri Shimizu, Eriko Ishii, Hiroko Takenaka, Bonjinsha.
v.1.0.2 (Nov. 3, 2013)
- Enabled caching of web fonts in the browser
v.1.0.1 (Oct. 28, 2013)
- Added welcome message and Kanji alive logo
- Enabled improved, anti-aliased text in Safari, Chrome and FireFox (OSX only) for kanji search results, certain headers, and Japanese examples
- Enabled caching of images, sounds and animations in the browser
- Various minor user-interface improvements
v1.0.0 (Oct. 15, 2013)
- Initial release