Animated Ukiyo-e 浮世絵

Ukiyo-e 浮世絵 is a genre of Japanese art based on woodblock prints produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries. Although it was considered cheap because it could be mass produced, it has created some of the most famous iconic Japanese paintings.

Some user in gifmagazine has created animated versions of some of the most famous Ukiyo-e scenes. While they keep the original simplicity, the animation adds a very interesting and original touch. What do you think?

You can find more in 瀬川三十七 Gifmagazine page.

Compressed gifs taken from PixFans

Examples improved!


Learning a new language is a very difficult task. But in the case of the Japanese it can be even more difficult because of the many different symbols its writing system has. That makes it more complicated to read Japanese sentences and get used to the way they are written.

To solve this problem, we have improved the way the examples are shown in the dictionary. First of all, we are showing more sentences than before, taken from the great tatoeba project. But also we are now separating the sentence in words and you can now click in every word to get more information about it.

We believe this change will make it easier to understand how a word can be used in a sentence and will make the sentence easier to read for that people who is still not ready to understand kanji.

Some examples:

I hope you enjoy those changes!

New design for

After long time working on it, we are proud to announce the new design for We believe it improves the experience using the dictionary, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed working on it.

We have added some new features we expect they will improve the user experience while we maintain the simple interface we’re so proud of.

Please, feel free to take a look around the new website and let us know what you think. You can contact us the following ways:

JapanDict old design   JapanDict new design