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Wakaru - Japanese reader

Wakaru is a powerful study aid, exclusively created for learners of the Japanese language

Wakaru is a powerful study aid, exclusively created for learners of the Japanese language

Wakaru - Japanese reader

by Miho Matsuoka
Wakaru - Japanese reader
Wakaru - Japanese reader

What is it about?

Wakaru is a powerful study aid, exclusively created for learners of the Japanese language.

App Details

Reference Education
Last updated
April 11, 2021
Release date
February 26, 2010
More info

Wakaru is FREE but there are more add-ons

  • $3.99

    PDF Support

App Screenshots

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App Store Description

Wakaru is a powerful study aid, exclusively created for learners of the Japanese language.

Wakaru is equipped with a fully functional WEB BROWSER and an EBOOK READER.
The ebook reader is versatile and allows vertical and horizontal direction of Japanese text layout, various font sizes, customizable text, background colors and textures as well as proper support for Ruby annotations to display furigana for documents that provide them.

Wakaru is integrated with two online Japanese libraries, Aozora Bunko and Hoshizora Bunko, allowing you to browse and download over a total of 18,000 Japanese ebooks directly from the app. These ebooks can be sorted according to their kanji difficulty level to help you find text adapted to your Japanese level. You may also import your own text documents via copy and paste, through iTunes sharing or by downloading directly into the app using the built-in browser.

A popup dictionary is available as an auto-renewable subscription (monthly or yearly).
It can help to make reading and deciphering Japanese text with its robust search algorithm, enabling you to lookup any word simply by touching and highlighting them.
This elegant pop-up displaying the readings as well as the definitions appear without interrupting your flow of reading. You can also save words and review them later with the built-in flashcards module.

Wakaru's popup word lookup comes built-in with the following dictionaries

•Japanese-English Dictionary (165,000 entries)

•Japanese-French Dictionary (15,000 entries)

•Japanese Proper Names Dictionary (700,000 entries)

In addition to that, from the popup dictionary, you can also make cross references in several web dictionaries, namely:

•Google Translate

•Goo jisho


You can also jump from the popup dictionary into a wide range of other popular external dictionary applications directly from Wakaru, making full use of other dictionaries you own. Wakaru currently supports:






•ウィズダム英和・和英辞典 (Wisdom)

•ウィズダム英和・和英辞典 2 (Wisdom 2)




•大辞林 (Daijirin)



The built-in iOS Dictionary can be accessed directly from the app.

Video demo:
Retina display for iPhone (including iPhone 5) and iPad is supported.

Wakaru is rated 17+ simply because the built-in browser has unrestricted access to the Internet.
Wakaru uses the JMDICT ( and JMnedict dictionary files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group (, and are used in conformance with the Group's license (

Regarding subscription for unlocking dictionary look-up, after a free trial, it will automatically renew for the selected subscription duration unless it is cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of the trial period. 
Renewable subscription "Unlock dictionary look-up" duration is either 1-month or 1-year. It unlocks the dictionary look-up for the duration of the subscription thought out the App.
Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase or at the end of trial period.
Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current.
Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period.
Subscriptions may be managed and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the Settings after purchase.
Any unused portion of a free trial will be forfeited if you purchase a subscription.

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