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 4.1.2

- Italian language in dictionary definitions
- Similar kanji information
- Faster dictionary and example search
- Kanji lookup by external reference number
- くれる and いい conjugation
- Images search shortcut (tap and hold Japanese word in dictionary display)
- Save backup to cloud services

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

ruzfab ,


One of the best apps for Japanese out there. Really helps me find a word or try to figure out a kanji I don't recognize

Smyle145 ,


Just awesome

Musings from the North ,

Wonderful product - be amazed it is free.

This is one of the nicest surprises I've come across on the App store yet. This is an absolutely awesome Japanese dictionary, with a depth of presentation I've yet to see in printed materials. Searching by romanji text, you are presented with exact matches, and any other results that involve your search word which is really quite nice for the Japanese language learner given the array of readings available for most Japanese writing. Kanji/kana are clearly presented, with breakdowns of the individual Kanji including all reading options, and an animated stroke order for the character in the top right corner which is pretty bloody nice for a no charge, mobile app which does not rely on a network connection.

Keep in mind that this is a Japanese dictionary, not an English-Japanese dictionary. This product will not help you look up Japanese translations of english words, but assuming you have some knowledge of Japanese words (which you will before long if you are trying to learn the language in any case), this reference is indispensable and illuminating.


Pierre-Philipp di Costanzo
979.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Pierre-Philippe di Costanzo 2008-2017


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