Kanji Recognizer

Kanji Recognizer

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Handwritten Japanese kanji recognition and writing quiz. Integrates with WWWJDIC.

New: Training mode for quiz. Use stroke guidelines and stroke order hints to practice writing kanji correctly. Does not advance to next character until you get it right.

Kanji writing quiz. Test yourself based on school year or JLPT level. Check your answers against the proper stroke order using animated diagrams.

Premium features: history/favorites, export/import, search by reading/meaning, Simeji/OpenWnn/ATOK integration, local stroke order database. You can upgrade form within the application (Settings->Upgrade to premium), no need to download a new application.

Premium upgrade price: around $4.99 (varies slightly by location/exchange rate. Press the 'Upgrade' button to display the Play Store dialog with the exact local price).

Just draw a character, tap 'Recognize' and select a candidate to display reading, meaning, radical and more. Copy or share characters to clipboard or other apps. History/favorites and search by reading or meaning also available (premium only). Call from within Simeji, OpenWnn/Flick/ATOK/OpenWnn Plus to input characters using handwriting (premium only, Simeji/OpenWnn/Atok Japanese IME install required).

Test your kanji writing skills by school year or JLPT level: write kanji based on reading and/or meaning hints. Check your score, and compare your writing with the proper stroke order using animated stroke order diagrams. Free version offers JLPT N5 and elementary school grade 1 and 2 kanji. Premium versions lets you select all grades/JLPT levels.

Follow proper, or at least basic (left to right, top to bottom, horizontal before vertical, etc.), stroke order for best results.


* if recognition is slow on your device, try using the compressed model. Open Settings (press the Menu key, or the overflow menu on ICS to display), press 'Recognition model' and select 'JP. comb. compressed'. This should improve startup time and recognition speed.
* you can also increase the search timeout to make sure recognition starts after you finish drawing. Tap 'Auto-search after' in Settings and increase the timeout (default is 400 ms)
* if it is still slow, uncheck the 'Search on stroke' option in Settings. Candidates won't be displayed automatically, but on a separate screen.
* draw larger characters for better recognition

* Tablet support
* Animated stroke order diagrams (online for free version, offline for premium)
* Kanji writing quiz. Bell/buzzer sounds marks answer
* Training mode
* Automatically searches on each stroke for immediate feedback
* Configurable drawing pen size and color
* Shake to delete stroke/all strokes
* Favorites and history (premium)
* Favorites Excel (CSV) and Anki export (premium)
* Simeji, OpenWnn/Flick, ATOK, OpenWnn Plus integration (mushroom) (premium)
* Search by reading and meaning (premium)
* Compressed model for older/slower devices
* Works offline (Internet connections only required for initial download).
* Stroke annotation
* Undo (removes last stroke)
* Integrated kanji database with more than 13,000 entries
* Kanji decomposition into components
* Integration with WWWJDIC for Android (can be used as the handwriting recognition backend)
* Copy/append recognized kanji to clipboard or share to other programs.

Not a handwriting input method (IME).

Ad-supported (ads are removed if you upgrade to premium)

Version 2.0 requires Android 2.1 and later. Earlier Android versions can use version 1.7.2.

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Recently changed in this version

* Anki deck synchronization (premium)
* Use Japanese font on non-Japanese locales
* Scale stroke numbers
* Use file selection dialog for import files (4.4+)
* Support Anki 2.0 export (premium)
* Added 'Create flashcard' action
* Option to adjust stroke animation speed
* Automatic settings backup/restore
* UI improvements
* Bug fixes
* Nexus 7 support
* Save quiz configuration
* Added 100 kanji quiz option
* Updated Dutch translation

Comments and ratings for Kanji Recognizer
  • (67 stars)

    by Angel F on 16/03/2014

    It's definitely not the best, but in the end it's still very convinient. It takes a long time to recognize the kanji I'm writing (and I'm not writing it incorrectly)... sometimes it'll give me kanji that is not even close to what I wrote/what I'm looking

  • (67 stars)

    by evilkorpse on 12/03/2014

    It constantly says kanji not in database and it never recognizes any of what I draw and I do it in stroke order. Not recomended. I unistall it after a week.

  • (67 stars)

    by Ryan Lopez on 11/03/2014

    I haven't had the troubles other users describe with this app not recognizing my characters. Sure, I have to rewrite sometimes, but generally I find it pretty good. Even my $500 electronic Japanese dictionary occasionally requires me to rewrite a couple o

  • (67 stars)

    by bis cuit on 05/03/2014

    You must know exactly the correct stroke order of the kanji to successfully find it or else you will have trouble looking for it.I'm new to kanji, so I often search for complex kanji that I still don't know the stroke order. I thought It's the same as "M

  • (67 stars)

    by Dino Hsu on 25/02/2014

    Actually I see this issue from time to time, eg, 右 Moreover, many phrases are composed of 2 kanjis, the app should suuport 2 kanjis

  • (67 stars)

    by Norhan Azawadi on 25/02/2014

    Ive tried everything, correct stroke order, change size everything etc, but still do not shows relevant result.

  • (67 stars)

    by Charles Canepa on 22/02/2014

    every time I use this app to try to look up any kanji I lose 10 minutes and my will to study