For foreigners who are not familiar with kanji, most of the dictionaries available here in Japan are of little use when they need to pronounce a word. On the other hand romanized dictionaries are not very useful when one wants to write a word (or to match a word with a Kanji). The Furigana dictionary published by Kodansha addresses this problem. This dictionary is written for foreigners and uses furigana to help them pronounce the kanji. Furigana are little hiragana letters printed above each Kanji to show how to pronounce it. For most of the entries in this dictionary, a sentence gives an example of the usage of this word. The dictionary also includes a special section dedicated to numerals and counters (useful to remember how to count unfamiliar items). It also includes a list of Japanese cities and prefectures as well as verb and adjective conjugation. With its 30 000 entries this dictionary will certainly be very useful to all those who have not yet mastered all the kanji in the Joyo list!
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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