This is the main quiz window of jdrill, the free kanji learning program. It should run on any system that has support for both java and Japanese fonts. It is a standalone application, not meant to be run in a browser. If you absolutely positively *must* see it running in your browser right now, you can try the applet demo. However, it is extremely limited, to ensure all browsers can view it. There are many many more features in the full version.
At the top is currently shown a kanji character. Your goal is to choose which of the five buttons below, matches with the character.
Through the View menu, you can choose to display any mix of kanji, kana, or English, in the top or bottom sections. So you can change the top to be an English meaning, and guess which kanji matches it, if you like.
Beyond just drilling, you can also search for words in a variety of ways.
If you are on a unix platform, you may also want to look at my X window version, kdrill. It should save you some memory :-) It will also let you use the additional "edict" phrase dictionary, if you want to install that in addition to kanjidic.
Download v2.3.1 now
[or you can try loading and running it using it via a java webstart link]
Remember to shift-click, if neccessary, if it complains about signing.
If on a mac, you might run into extra difficulty, so you can use
"fetch" to my ftp site
JRE 1.5.0 issues: oooold JREs needed to have their font.properties file manually tweaked, to display japanese properly. It seems like 1.5.0 has reverted to this type of problem. Happily, it is reported that you can resolve this problem by once more manually editing the font.properties file again.
If you are still stuck, you might try my Unicode in Java pages