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    Typing Your Japanese Address: The Easy Way

    By thomas | August 27, 2008

    Ken Y-N of superblog WhatJapanThinks sent this tip in back in January (!), but for some reason it slipped past my radar. Often when you order something or sign up for something online you have to type in your address. This takes some time, especially if your address has some rare/difficult kanjis in it. There’s a much easier way and here it is:

    And a bonus tip – go into the IME config dialog – right click the toolbar, choose Settings/設定, Properties/プロパティ, Dictionary/辞書・学習 and from the list box click on 郵便番号辞書. Now if you type in your post code (with a hyphen, and don’t use the numeric keypad) and hit space, it will convert to the address.

    It’s really that easy. Just type in your postal code:

    Japanese Address Postal Code Keyboard Shortcut

    And press spacebar:

    Japanese Address Postal Code Keyboard Shortcut

    (note: this isn’t my real postal code. I took it off some junk-mail that was lying on my desk).

    My computer came with this option on by default, so you might not even have to go into your IME config dialog.

    Thanks Ken!

    More Japanese keyboard fun:

    1. Magic Katakana Hotkey
    2. Kanji selection shortcuts
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    9 Responses to “Typing Your Japanese Address: The Easy Way”

    1. Says:
      August 27th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

      Typing Your Japanese Address: The Easy Way |…

      Did you know that you can type any address in Japan in only nine keystrokes? This Japanese IME keyboard tip (courtesy of Ken Y-N) will save you a lot of time when filling in online forms!…

    2. feitclub Says:
      August 27th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

      I’m not seeing what you’re describing. Or at least, I think what you’re talking about is already checked, yet typing my postal code does not convert to my address. If I ever get it to work it’s a nice shortcut though, thank you.

    3. thomas Says:
      August 27th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

      @feitclub: hmm.. can you get it to convert the example postal address in the article (651-2144)? That should tell you whether your problem is with the config setup or whether your postal code just isn’t in the dictionary.

    4. Easy way to type your Japanese Address in Kanji | Lost Days Says:
      August 27th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

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    5. psiclopz Says:
      August 28th, 2008 at 12:23 am

      You also might make sure the address dictionary has a black check next to it, and not a grey check. That was why mine wasn’t working at first. This is a great tip, thanks!

    6. burepe Says:
      September 10th, 2008 at 10:06 am

      This is for windows I assume. Please specify in your posts.

    7. Adam Says:
      September 30th, 2008 at 2:33 am

      Holy crap! You have no idea how excited this info just made me.

      Friends of mine that live in the same area as I always lament that we have to type our address in incorrectly to get the correct kanji to show up. This is such a cool little tip.

    8. Leslie Says:
      January 1st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

      Yes, the part of additional settings of changing the checkbox from grey to white background colour is absolute necessary.

    9. Teresa Says:
      March 31st, 2009 at 12:58 pm

      I wish this worked for Macs too.