Useful Links

Install Japanese on Your Computer

If you are interested in reading and writing Japanese on your computer, try one of the following methods:

Typing Tutorial

Japan-related Clubs at USC

Japanese Student Association of USC (JSA)

The Japanese Student Association (JSA) at the University of Southern California supports the interchange of both modern and traditional Japanese culture.

Shinkendo Swordsmanship Club

The Shinkendo Swordsmanship Club is an official recreational club at the University of Southern California focusing on the instruction and practice of the traditional Japanese martial art of Shinkendo.

Trojan Anime Culture (USC)

University of Southern California’s society for the study and promotion of Japanese animation and popular culture. Our club exists to provide a fun, open and tolerant social environment for members to view and discuss anime, manga, and other Japanese pop-culture.

USC Japanese Exchange Student Supporters – JESS

An USC cultural organization that welcomes any students to be a part of a friendly community that’s dedicated to support Japanese exchange students.

USC Kazan Taiko

USC Kazan Taiko was founded in the fall of 2002 by Koichi Sanchez and Bridge Mei as the first and only Japanese taiko ensemble group at the University of Southern California. Our goal is to provide a place for our members to express themselves through rhythm and movement, while learning and participating in the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming.

USC Nikkei

USC Nikkei aims to provide a place for both Japanese American Trojans and those interested in Japanese American culture. Through activities both on campus and in the rich Nikkei community of Los Angeles, we aim to promote the teaching and sharing of Japanese American culture by exploring our roots while finding family in students from all walks of life.

USC Chanoyu Tea Club

The Chanoyu Tea Club at USC is a group dedicated to promoting Japanese tea practice and culture. Join us to learn how to make, present, and drink tea!

Useful Tools

Learning Style

Find your strengths!

This form can help you determine which intelligences are strongest for you.



Dictionary App for iPhone

Jisho is a Japanese-English dictionary. It lets you find words, kanji, example sentences and more quickly and easily.


Kantango is a free site devoted to teaching Japanese vocabulary.


Handwritten Kanji Recognition

Draw a kanji in the box with the mouse. The computer will try to recognize it.

The Kanji Map

This site was created to give a visual map of the connections between kanjis and to help Japanese learners study more efficiently.



Flashcards to share with other users. Need to download the program.

Search millions of study sets or create your own. Improve your grades by studying with flashcards, games and more.

Language Exchange


An App to find language exchange partners.


Online Language Exchange Website. You can find a conversation partner all over the world and practice the languages via Skype.

News, TV, Radio

NHK News Web Easy

News written in easy language

Yahoo! JAPAN きっず

Yahoo (Japan) for kids.

You can read various articles on Japan in several languages.

Yahoo! JAPAN ニュース

Channel 18.2 (KSCI) and 44 (KXLA)

These channels show Japanese programs. Some of them are subtitled and some are not.

TV Japan

Subscribe on cable, IPTV, Dish 24 hours

TJS LA モーニング

FM Radio 106.3/Internet

Online Learning Tool

Nihongo eな

Portal for learning Japanese online. You can find links to websites that help you learn Japanese.


Online/video course for grammar/kanji/vocab. Need an account.


renshuu learns your knowledge level and adjusts everything to a level that’s perfect for you.

Crossword Solver: Japanese Language and Practice Games

This website provides lists of online resources that can be helpful, including word lists, videos, flash cards, puzzles, and games.

Testing, Local Events

JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)

You can find information about JLPT.

Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

You can find information about local Japan-related events and more.