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Handwriting Recognition

Midori lets you search for kanji or words by simply drawing them. It has a native Japanese handwriting recognition that can recognize kanji and hiragana, not the built-in Chinese handwriting recognition. It is the most convenient way to find kanji that you have never seen.

Kanji Radicals

You can look up kanji by its components. When you select a radical, all candidates appear on the top of the keyboard, sorted by number of strokes. Unmatched radicals are grayed out, making it easier to find the kanji you are looking for.


Look up a word by romaji such as "aki" or kana such as "あき" or even the combination of both such as "あki". Whatever keyboard you are on, there is no need to switch to another keyboard to type.

You can also type in a conjugated word such as 走った. Midori will find all possible dictionary forms for you.

The latest version of Midori comes with a powerful feature called wildcard search. It allows you to look up words with much more flexibility. For example, you can find words that start with 日 and end with 語 by using 日*語. Learn more about the wildcard search.

Word Entries

Each word entry shows a reading in hiragana and a meaning. Many words also have example sentences. You can tap a word in the example sentences to jump to that word. There is also a kanji breakdown at the bottom that shows the meaning of each kanji.

Display the headword in hiragana and kanji.
Example Sentences
Example sentences with furigana (small hiragana above kanji). You can tap on each word to jump to that word.
Kanji Breakdown
Show the reading and the meaning of each kanji that appears in the headword.
Show all conjugations for verbs and adjectives.

Kanji Entries

Each kanji entry shows a meaning, a reading (on and kun), a stroke order diagram, and example compounds to help you build your vocabulary. There is also a stroke diagram that makes you understand in a glance how to write that kanji in the correct order. You can see a stroke order animation by tapping the kanji at the upper left corner.

Reading + Meaning
Display reading and meaning of kanji.
Stroke Order Diagram
Make you understand in a glance how to write the kanji. You can tap it to view the animation.
Kanji Information
Show information such as school grade it is taught in and kanji components.
Example compounds
Show common example compounds that use that kanji, sorted by frequency of use.

Kanji Lists

Midori has lists of kanji categorized by school grades, JLPT levels, and frequency, as well as lists of hiragana and katakana. A list is displayed as a table. Midori remembers the last scroll position, so you can leave and come back to where you left off without having to scroll through a long list. You can highlight kanji by bookmarking them.


Bookmark a word or a kanji by tapping the bookmark button at the upper right corner, then choosing a folder to add the entry. You can create, rename, or delete folders on the fly.

Words or kanji that are bookmarked will appear in the Bookmarks section. You can go inside a folder to see all the entries in that folder, or export them via e-mail as plain text or CSV files. You can also share bookmarks with your friends or create flashcards from the words in your bookmarks.


The Flashcards page lets you practice all the words you have bookmarked. Tap a card to see the meaning. Swipe to navigate. Pinch in to see the details. You can also create flashcards from a list of words and kanji.

Text Translation

The Translate section lets you translate multiple words from Japanese text in just one tap. Just copy text from Japanese newspapers or your favorite Japanese websites into Midori and tap the Translate button. The vocaburary list will be generated. Tap a word in the left pane to see the definition on the right pane, which will also scroll to the line you tap.

Stroke Order Animation

See how to write kanji in the correct stroke order with the stroke animation. Pause and continue it as you want.

Name Dictionary

Midori also comes with a name dictionary that includes over 720,000 Japanese names from people names, place names, company names, to product names.

search results of noda yoshihiko

Example Search

Look up over 150,000 example sentences with the example search that lets you search across word boundaries.

Scratch Paper for iPad

Practice writing kanji in a large drawing area with the stroke order diagram on the top.

search results of 学校に行

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