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    Furigana extension for Open Office

    By thomas | November 13, 2008

    A reader named Ben sent in this tip about adding Furigana to documents in Open Office:

    I’ve been looking at your site and thought I’d send you this tip.

    For those whose kanji reading ability is still low, or for those who are willing to admit that they can’t read them all, there is an Open Office extension that is very useful – all for free. To use this hack, the free Open Office software needs to be downloaded and installed. The extension is called Itadaki (a quick search will bring you to the extension project page). After installing Itadaki as well as the accompanying dictionary file, you can load a document in Japanese and have Itadaki add readings to every character in the document. Some of them will need to be corrected, but Japanese people will be impressed with your kanji ability, even if you give the wrong reading. Hope it is useful!

    I did the search for you. Here’s a direct link to the extension project page: Itadaki Furigana

    Thanks Ben!

    Do you know of any good software extensions/plug-ins to help with Japanese on the computer? If so, send them in!

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    7 Responses to “Furigana extension for Open Office”

    1. Ruka Says:
      November 13th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

      Rikaichan (

      The website explains it better than I do:

      rikaichan is a popup Japanese-English/German/French/Russian dictionary extension for Firefox.

      * Simple to use, just hover the mouse on top of a Japanese word.
      * Automatically de-inflects verbs and adjectives.
      * Has an optional toolbar that allows you to manually type the word to lookup.
      * Detailed kanji view shows meaning/keyword in English, on/kun readings, and other information.
      * Hiragana, katakana and half-width katakana are treated the same making it possible to lookup stylized/emphasized words.

    2. Says:
      November 13th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

      Furigana extension for Open Office…

      I thought this looked like a really great idea! There is also a furigana inserter addon for firefox apparently. …

    3. Mike Miller Says:
      November 21st, 2008 at 3:48 am

      You can do the same thing online without any need for special software at .

    4. Aaron Says:
      November 21st, 2008 at 4:04 am

      I think it should be clarified that this is a dictionary for those who have trouble reading kanji similar to the Rikaichan extension for Firefox. It is not a tool that adds furigana insertion support. I was very confused, since already has support for writing furigana (Styles menu > Asian Phonetic Guide).

    5. Lili Says:
      March 31st, 2009 at 4:03 pm

      I was searching for this: my good boy Word 97 automatically insert reading of kanji but Open Office don’t.

      I have to enter manually furigana and it’s verrrrrrrrryyyy long…

      Itadaki doesn’t work: it won’t install the dictionnaries.


    6. mbuh Says:
      July 5th, 2009 at 7:25 am

      @ Lili: Yea, but just the dic, the furigana works.

      And how about this:

      It’s a new release.

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