Browsing websites in Japanese just became easy for Apple iPad owners. Rikai Browser, a free web browser with a built-in Japanese-to-English dictionary accessible with a touch, is now available on the App Store.
Long Weekend LLC, developers of the study tool Japanese Flash, created Rikai Browser because there was no good way to read Japanese on the iPad if you didn’t read fluently. As fans of the popular Firefox plugin “Rikaichan”, the Rikai Browser was designed to bring that level of simplicity to reading Japanese on the iPad.
“When you’re reading a Japanese website, you tend to stop every time you encounter an unknown word or kanji - not very motivating or fun. Rikai Browser looks up Japanese words almost instantly, so you can just keep learning while you read,” said Mark Makdad, one of Long Weekend’s founders.
The application is a fully-functional web browser, complete with history, bookmarks, and navigation buttons. It also keeps a word history of searched words for later reference. It can be downloaded free at http://itunes.apple.com/app/rikai-browser-for-ipad-read/id380853144?mt=8.© Japan Today