Tired of lugging around your 1,616-page, 2-kg copy of "The New Nelson?" Trade in your dead tree for the snazzy "Quicktionary 2 Kanji Reader," which looks like a high-tech highlighter. The device was jointly developed by Israeli company Wizcom and Tokyo-based Japan21 Inc. Though the first iteration was an English-to-Japanese dictionary, "Quicktionary2" does both E-J and J-E, recognizing 3,000 characters — enough to get through a newspaper.
Turn on the built-in speaker and a voice will read the words aloud, talking you through your translating task. See the website for a 20 percent discount, available for a limited time. (Beau Miller/Metropolis)© Japan Today