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 +More and more people carry around those little pocket computers with phone functionality advertised as smartphones. There are a bunch of applications for those phones which are interesting for foreigners staying in Japan. Unfortunately,​ the application stores are crowded with junk applications and it is difficult and time consuming to find a set of good applications.
  
 +Below you will find a list of useful applications for Android-OS based devices (sorry i-guys, if someone sends me a list, I will add it here).
 +
 +If you know other interesting applications to make your stay in Japan more interesting,​ easier, less awkward or simply more fun, send them in and I will add them. However, strictly Japanese/​Japan related applications only…
 +
 +
 +{|
 +|name
 +|requires data connection
 +|description
 +|-
 +|Aedict
 +|offline, after loading dictionaries
 +|A very good offline dictionary Japanese<​->​English including Kanji look-up and Romanji/​Kana input
 +|-
 +|aMetro
 +|offline, after loading maps
 +|Metro-stations around the world including Tokyo and Sendai… yes we have a single line here… and we are proud of
 +|-
 +|ChibiJisho
 +|offline
 +|Japanese offline phrasebook written in English/​Romanji/​Kana
 +|-
 +|Chizroid
 +|online
 +|Topographic maps of Japan… this sort of maps governments releases. As a real techy you never trust Google maps only
 +|-
 +|Colordict
 +|offline, after installing dictionaries
 +|A multi-language dictionary for all kind of languages including Japanese
 +|-
 +|Euro-Japan Dictionary
 +|online and offline
 +|Basic dictionary for French/​German<​->​Japanese
 +|-
 +|Furigana Automatic
 +|offline
 +|Create Furigana Kana-reading for Japanese names in your address book
 +|-
 +|Freedict
 +|offline, after installing dictionaries
 +|A multi-language dictionary for all kind of languages including Japanese
 +
 +|-
 +|Glympse
 +|online
 +|Share your location with someone for a certain time… great if you get lost in Japan (and therefore Japanese related ;))
 +|-
 +|Goggles
 +|online
 +|Take a picture and let the Google spider search for information. Could be barcodes, brand names, buildings, etc.
 +|-
 +|Good Character
 +|offline
 +|Kanji-look up by many different methods, including drawing recognition
 +|-
 +|Human Japanese
 +|offline, after installation of data
 +|A very fun and nicely to read Japanese interactive textbook
 +|-
 +|Japan Trains
 +|online
 +|Find the best connection for trains from A to B, including local and Shinkansen lines no subway, English menu
 +|-
 +|Japanse Text Analyser
 +|online
 +|Does all kind of text analysis for Japanese text… not sure how useful it is
 +|-
 +|Japanese Traffic
 +|online
 +|Real time traffic information
 +|-
 +|JapanPostCode
 +|online
 +|Read those funny barcodes from Japanese Post
 +|-
 +|JED
 +|offline, after dictionary installation
 +|Japanese<​->​English/​French/​Spanish dictionaries
 +|-
 +|Kanakana
 +|online
 +|Simple Kanji to kana converter
 +|-
 +|Kanji Quiz
 +|offline, after data installation
 +|Quiz to learn Katakana, Hiragana and Kanji
 +|-
 +|Kanji Yomi
 +|online
 +|OCR for Kanjis… well you need good light a steady hand and luck…
 +|-
 +|Kanji recognition
 +|offline
 +|Kanji look up by handwriting recognition
 +|-
 +|Learn Japanese number
 +|offline
 +|Well, learn Japanese numbers
 +|-
 +|Mac coupon
 +|online
 +|Special meal sets offer in Japanese McDonalds stores
 +|-
 +|Maverick
 +|Both
 +|Excellent map app with support for Mapnik, OSMA, Google maps, Bing, and Wikmapia. Allows for offline caching of map tiles, meaning you can browse around the areas you plan on traveling in various scales while connected, and the viewed areas will be saved on your device for offline use when on the road and out of range.
 +|-
 +|MultiLing keyboard
 +|offline
 +|A softkeyboard for many different languages changeable by swiping over the space buttons including Japanese with Romanji/​Kana input
 +|-
 +|HanWriting
 +|offline
 +|Add-on for MultiLing keyboard for handwritten Kanji recognition
 +|-
 +|MySoftbank
 +|online
 +|Access to Softbank mobile phone carrier account only in Japanese
 +|-
 +|Numerals
 +|offline
 +|Type Arabic numbers and convert them into Japanese numbers, including the always troubling "​ichi-man"​ one tenthousand unit conversion.
 +|-
 +|Pocketbook Appendix
 +|offline
 +|All kind of information,​ holidays, geography, conversion, postal charges, etc. including many facts of Japan. Mimic the kind of infos you find at the end of a paper organisers.
 +|-
 +|Relax and Sleep
 +|offline
 +|Enjoy your jet lag with a set of background sounds I know this is not Japanese related… but hey they have a Shishiodoshi sound there
 +|-
 +|SPB Japanese Cards
 +|offline
 +|Picture based Japanese learning tool with native spoken output similar to Rosetta Stone
 +|-
 +|Traffic
 +|online
 +|Japanese traffic information for Car, Train and Airport, in Japanese
 +|-
 +|tWareki
 +|offline
 +|Convert dates from Gregorian calendar into Japanese calendar
 +|-
 +|Wikitude
 +|online
 +|Augmented reality tool with all kind of information including many places in Japan
 +|-
 +|WWWJDIC
 +|online
 +|Japanese-English dictionary including a Kanji OCR
 +|-
 +|}
 +
 +
 +Disaster special edition:
 +
 +{|
 +|name
 +|requires data connection
 +|description
 +|-
 +|Global Nuclear Watch
 +|online
 +|Fun to show people that Tokyo and Sendai getting less radiation compared to there individual home towns
 +|-
 +|Namazu Alert
 +|online
 +|receives Japanese Early Earthquake Warnings (EEW) by push service, Alarm-levels are adjustable. Not always in time but its easier to find your buzzing and vibrating phone after the earthquake ;)
 +|-
 +|Safe Area Checker
 +|online
 +|Estimated map of the Fukushima power plants radiation cloud including wind directions.
 +|-
 +|GeigerWidget
 +|online
 +|Widget to show radiation level
 +|}
 +Date: 2011-05-13 Fri
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