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iKana Nōto transforms your fingertip or Apple Pencil® into a virtual marker, pencil or brush and lets you use your iPad® to practice writing Japanese characters with a number of beautifully designed templates.

Whether you are a novice or an expert at Japanese, iKana Nōto is a great way to improve your handwriting and reinforce your memory.

iKana Nōto is designed to let you write even complicated kanji with ease, using a large drawing area that can be positioned on different sides of the screen to suit your needs. Choose the writing tool that suits your mood or the template, customise the stroke width and write – or draw, what ever you like. Easily correct mistakes using the eraser tool or undo that stroke you got wrong. Lookup kana and kanji you can’t remember how to write, see stroke animations to make sure you are writing them correctly or even trace over them!

iKana Nōto has 19 great templates to work from that allow for a mixture of vertical and horizontal writing styles. There are even a number of fun templates including traditional style scrolls, an ema board, sudoku puzzle and more.

You are not limited to using iKana Nōto only to practice writing though, we’ve made it easy to email your creations and share them on social networks. So why not send a lovely handwritten postcard to your sensei or write notes to your Japanese friends? Everyone will appreciate the personal touch that comes from using your own handwriting.

You will find that iKana Nōto is also ideal to write in other languages such as Chinese and Korean too.

What’s New

Version 1.5

- Fixes issue saving nōtos to your photo library.
- Apple Pencil support with pressure sensitivity and improved stroke fidelity.
- Support for all iPad screen sizes.
- Three new photo wallpapers.
- UI improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

AbbyRead ,

Needs better accuracy.

I'm using a second generation iPad Pro 12.9", and this program writes like 3 millimeters below the point you touch. This is using either the Apple Pencil or just your finger. It isn't enough to make this program unusable, but it irritates me enough to not want to use it.

Арви ,

Great and unique app

iKana Noto is a great app to practice Japanese without paper. It can't speak, but has everything for writing. Even kanji dictionary, kana tables and shadow characters to trace.

You can use it to study Japanese or to write in Japanese. iKana Noto can replace many other apps or can accompany them. You still need something to learn phonetics and grammar, since this app cover writing only.

I would like iKana Noto to check your exercise as well. As for now, it's just Japanese notebook.

MrSakitume ,

an excellent start

I really love this app for practicing kana and kanji, and can even use it with a stylus to get the feeling of using a pen. The best part is when I'm away, I can complte homework that requires genkoyoshi paper and email it to my sensē. The cute templates were a nice addition, however there really needs to be a way to adjust grid size for higher level, more adult compositions. Also it works like traditional paper, so if one makes a mistake at the end, they must erase every block before and start over. There should be a way to copy and paste already written blocks to save the user all the hassle. If that were to be added, along with traditional book and more refined layout styles, it would be nearly perfect. One last issue is there's no way to change the orientation for horizontal, right-to-left writing. Hopefully that can be added in soon.

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