Deepen your knowledge of the language with A Dictionary of Japanese Proverbs. Each entry includes detailed background information as well as English translations.

Proverbs are the heart of any language, offering profound insight into the character of a people, its experiences, and the beliefs and values it holds dear. This new dictionary offers the most comprehensive compilation and English translation of those proverbs (kotowaza) that so enrich the Japanese language but fail to find their way into conventional dictionaries. A companion to the author’s comprehensive Dictionary of Japanese Idioms, it contains over 1,200 entries, including many hundreds of proverbs that have never been presented and explained in English before. Explanations are given in succinct and lucid prose, and English equivalents are given whenever applicable. Each entry furthermore contains a literal translation to help bring out the nuances of the Japanese original, and where necessary, explanatory notes on grammar and historical background help deepen the reader’s understanding of a proverb’s meaning and context. Extensive cross-referencing lets the user immediately find synonyms, antonyms and related proverbs, while furigana (as well as optional audio) allows even beginners to read and use the proverbs immediately.

FEATURES include:
- Incremental search in English and Japanese
- Spell-checking in English and romaji
- Bookmark, annotate and share entries
- Jump to other apps and web dictionaries
- Portrait + landscape modes
- Split View (iPad, Plus/Max phones)
- Slide Over Multitasking Mode (iPad)
- iCloud syncing
- Night mode (dark mode)
- Spotlight search
- Today Widget
- Optional Enhanced Audio

Based on “A Dictionary of Japanese Proverbs” by William de Lange, Floating World Editions.

This app uses material from the JMDICT Japanese dictionary file. This file belongs to the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and is used according to the Group's licence.

What’s New

Version 4.1.2

- Minor fixes


sazanami software
11.4 MB

Requires iOS 11.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, Japanese

Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Unrestricted Web Access
In-App Purchases
  1. Enhanced Audio $8.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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