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

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

K-boo97 ,

Love it

Used this for years and absolutely love it. Friendly interface. Lots of options when searching for a word or phrase and they all load really quickly. Different ways to find specific kanji. Great for practising verb endings too. Some words aren’t exactly right when compared to a native speaker but from my experience, it seems to be just a few obscure words. Love this app and intend to download it on future phones too

WinLinMac ,

Superb App!!

This app us brilliant, and testament to the great work carried out on JEdict project. A very useful resource for students of written Japanese and Kanji. 本当にありがとう‼

Update: It's still a great app, but it badly needs an update now. iOS10 keeps warning that it slows the phone down. Where are you, dear developer?

Update: September 2017! A surprise new update! Thank you! Your app is wonderful!

KraftykidOfficial ,

Sort by A-Z function

Amazing app and I’ve been using it for about three years now. I’ve saved thousands of words! Could you add a ‘sort by A-Z’ function for saved vocabulary please? That would save having to do so by hand.
Thank you and keep up the great work!
Also, I’d like there to be a search bar in the ‘my notes’ section so I can find a specific note quicker. Please and thank you!


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


  • Family Sharing

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

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