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KAKASI - Kanji Kana Simple Inverter

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What is KAKASI?

KAKASI is the language processing filter to convert Kanji characters to Hiragana, Katakana or Romaji(1) and may be helpful to read Japanese documents.

The name "KAKASI" is the abbreviation of "kanji kana simple inverter" and the inverse of SKK "simple kana kanji converter" which is developed by Masahiko Sato at Tohoku University. The most entries of the kakasi dictionary is derived form the SKK dictionaries. If you have some interests in the naming of "KAKASI", please consult to Japanese-English dictionary. :-)

(1) "Romaji" is alphabetical description of Japanese pronunciation.

KAKASI is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version.

KAKASI is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You can get information about KAKASI from http://kakasi.namazu.org/

Mail comments and bug reports to bug-kakasi@namazu.org in Japanese or English.

Mailing List

kakasi-dev@namazu.org (Mainly discussed in Japanese)
This mailing list is dedicated to the development of KAKASI. To subscribe, or unsubscribe, use mailman intaface please.



Anonymous CVS

You can also check out the very version via anonymous cvs. Here's now:

% cvs -d :pserver:anonymous@cvs.namazu.org:/storage/cvsroot login
CVS password: (simply push enter)
% cvs -d :pserver:anonymous@cvs.namazu.org:/storage/cvsroot co kakasi

The CVS repository is also accessable via the web.

Building KAKASI via cvs, you need to install autoconf 2.50, automake 1.10, and libtool 2.4 (or later). After check out, run autogen.sh at top of the source tree.

Related Software

Text::Kakasi is a Perl interface to KAKASI.
Ruby/KAKASI is a Ruby interface to KAKASI.
Japana is a small proxy written in Perl. It converts Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji on the fly into Romaji. The conversion is done using the kakasi-library for Perl. If setting up kakasi is too much of a hassle or not possible you can try the old 1.0.x version. This version does not convert Kanji, but doesn't need kakasi.
KAKASI web frontend
This frontend converts web pages, between japanese characters (kanji, hiragana, katakana) and romaji (latin alphabets).
Nippon: Japanese utility functions and data
This package provides some Japanese utility functions and data, which may be useful for Japanese R users.

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Hardware and Network resources are sponsored by VA Linux Systems Japan.

Former hardware and Network resources were sponsored by NetVillage Co.,Ltd.

KAKASI project <kakasi-dev@namazu.org>
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