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Kodansha's Furigana Dictionary: Japanese-English/English-Japanese Hardcover – 1 Sep 1999

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  • Hardcover: 1320 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd (1 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770024800
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770024800
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.1 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am an English university student studying Japanese, and I find this a really thorough dictionary which I am very happy with. It has lots of kanji and gives example sentences to help out if you don't know the context of the word. The sample sentences are in plain form though, so beware of using them directly in an essay which should be in polite form. If you are English speaking and cannot read Japanese (i.e. you are only learning to speak it) then don't get it, as all Japanese words are in kana.
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Format: Hardcover
This is big! I expected it to be big, but its bigger than that :)
Not very portable at all, this is really a leave at home book.
Size:50mm x 140mm x 190mm Weight: 1.1Kg
It contains just what you think it does. Its invaluable as “the ultimate” dictionary for someone studying Japanese. The only close alternative to this, might be to buy the J->E and E->J dictionaries separately. Be careful of the smaller dictionaries, as the kanji can be unreadable. This has nice big text, and you can see the kanji pretty well. Maybe even bigger would have been nice, but then the English would have looked like a childrens book :)
The only problem I have found so far is that there are mistakes :\
My Japanese teacher took a look through it and found mistakes in the kanji right away…
That said, there really is no alternative. If you want something better than your pocket dictionary, this is the one to buy
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Format: Hardcover
I've used this dictionary for many years now, and it served me pretty well until post 2nd level JLPT, at which point its deficiencies will become obvious - it often lacks common synonyms, and doesn't really give enough information about usual verb sentence structures (unlike a proper kokugo jiten). There are also, as mentioned in another review, some "mistakes". Despite that I give it five stars because it's a very good little book.
Like a real Japanese dictionary it uses kana rather than latin characters for Japanese lookup, so be aware of that if you can't read any kana or don't know the order of a kana table.
A VERY nice feature is an extensive (although not exhaustive) list of counters.
It's not as sturdy as it looks, unfortunately, and my cover fell off (I need a new one) after I started taking Japanese lessons seriously - it didn't really like transport.

If you're learning to read I recommend getting a kanji dictionary as well (the bigger the better). If you're looking for an intermediate to advanced dictionary...this isn't it. (try Amazon Japan)
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Having already got the Oxford beginners japanese dictionary, I needed one with a few more words and phrases. This uses furigana (small hiragana above the kanji) rather than repeating the japanenes in hiragana and then kanji. Certainly there are lots of new enries and many more phrases, but I tend to have to use a magnifying glass to read the kanji or hiragana, the former because they are complex and the latter because they are now small (to fit above the kanji). Ok, I am now 52 and need reading glasses anyway - but I tend to rely on the Oxford first simply because of this. The book uses no colour, which I liked about the Oxford. Its chunky, not a really large book, only 14x19x5 cm, certainly not pcket size. There is a small appendix, but very sketchy indeed. Unlike the Oxford, it only shows the "dictionary form" of the verbs, i.e. if soemthing is in the "~mas" or "~te" form, it will not redirect you to the dictionary form.

All in all it is a good dictionary, not quite for the beginner, and does not try to solve the "tiny character" problem, indeed it makes it worse, if you rely on hiragana.
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Format: Hardcover
This is potentially a great dictionary, and I think it is unique in it's comprehensive coverage of Kanji with Furigana... but... the type of the Furigana is so small I have to actually use a magnifying glass at times to read it. And I don't normally wear reading glasses or anything. It greatly reduces the usability of the book I'm afraid.
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I just got this book and I love it. Its for someone who just started learning Japanese and also the Kanji helps when you are at the point where you start reading and writing.I didn't regret getting this book. I highly recommend this book to other people.
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