This application is a multilingual Japanese dictionary that does not require an internet connection.

Imiwa? was created using the amazing JMdict files from the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group based on the work of Jim Breen on the EDICT project.

While some definitions are available in 4 languages (English, French, Russian and German), only the English translation is guaranteed for all entries in the JMDict dictionary. Initiate a search in any of those 4 languages, in Japanese or in romaji and imiwa? will do the rest.

imiwa? Also includes a rich database of kanji (KanjiDic), examples (from and conjugations as well as tools suitable for beginners.

Use the Traditional Chinese character recognition keyboard included in the iOS system for drawing kanji on screen.

What’s New

Version 4.2

Dark mode support
November 2020 dictionary and example updates
Fixed crash on start in iOS 14.2 affecting some users
Various bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

gazaria ,

Fantastic app

This is a really fantastic app. I use it every day as I improve my Japanese reading ability, and in particular, I use it on my iPad to quickly lookup words. I love the auto read feature from my clipboard, as it saves having to type in or manually paste what I want to look up.

It seems clear that this app isn't going to be continued to be maintained, as it was last updated two years ago, however if there is any possibility, one feature request which would make my life so much easier would be for the app to have support for keyboard shortcuts. In particular, CMD + F to open up the search box would be absolutely ace!

Gcstmhg ,

Extremely grateful for this app

If something comes up after a search listing “giant upright elephant ear plant”, clearly this is a very thorough dictionary. Its interface is extremely convenient, and it allows great analysis of text by auto clip-board lookup. I love being able to make my favourites lists too. Has been a huge aid in my study of Japanese. All of this and it’s offline... I would pay good dollar for this! Thank you

I love this app but in this recent version the auto copied text lookup happens every time you return to the app, not just one time. It’s quite distracting...

Re-zor ,

Helps family communication

I have a Japanese family from my wife’s side. We use LINE to chat and being able to just copy any message to the clipboard and have it automatically translated as soon as I open Imiwa is a godsend 🙏

App Privacy

The developer, Pierre-Phi di Costanzo, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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