If you’re learning Japanese or work with the Japanese language, chances are you’re going to want to type Japanese characters. However, the standard Japanese fonts can be limited and a little tame. Here’s a quick guide to get you typing like you’re a kanji master.
Before you start, make sure you’ve got a free program like Winrar installed so that you can unzip files.
Step 1. Add Japanese to your default keyboard settings
Go to your windows search bar in the bottom left of your screen and type in “Region & Language” and then click on it (or access it through the control panel).
Click on Add Language, search for or type in Japanese and install it.
Step 2. How it works
To access the Japanese keyboard, click the ENG sign at the bottom right of the screen and change it to Japanese. Make sure the input method is set to hiragana input and not romaji input (It should be the あ symbol, not the A symbol). The quickest way to switch between English and Japanese is by using the shortcut “Windows button + Spacebar”.
Step 3. Installing new Japanese fonts
If you want more than just the standard fonts, for example, fonts that look like they were done with a brush, follow these simple instructions.
Go to a website like this one:
Here, find a font that you like a look of and click on the image.
Follow the instructions from the image and click on the “配布サイトでダウンロード” button.
Click on the download button (each site may have the button in a different location).
Click on the download and open it in Winrar (if the download doesn’t appear, go to your browser’s downloads).
Open the file and double-click on the TFF document. Click on install, this should take a couple of seconds and then you’re done! You can now play around with cool fonts and download as many as you want.
Note: Make sure to restart the program you wish to type in for newly installed fonts to work.
Note: Not all fonts support kanji – some are hiragana and katakana only.