How to hide furigana on NHK News Web Easy website

NHK News Web Easy is one of the best resources for reading Japanese around JLPT N4 and N3 level. Most of the grammar is N4 and easy to understood with N3 kanji. Difficult words are explained in a simple popup when you hover the mouse over an underlined word.

All of the kanji also have furigana written above them, which some readers like and some don’t. The furigana makes it easy to read words, but it’s not helpful if you want to practice reading the kanji.

For Yomimaru, I have created a simple script that can turn the furigana off and on again. The same trick can be used for NHK News Web Easy. Simply drag and drop the following link into you bookmarks or bookmark bar and use it on the NHK website:

Toggle Furigana

The first time you use it, all furigana should disappear, second time, it should become visible again.

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How to learn Kanji for busy people

When I studied Japanese in Japan, I learned about 400 kanji, but I forgot most of them over time. I am re-learning everything again and my plan is now to learn all 2,000+ jōyō kanji.

I understand that it’s not going to happen over night, in a week or a couple of months. I have estimated that it will take me over two years with my routine. But first 1,000 kanji make more than 90% of all characters you will encounter in daily life and I will be at 1,000 in just over a year. Continue reading How to learn Kanji for busy people

「よいしょ」の使い方 – Japanese Slang 4 – “yoisho”




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「無理」の使い方 – Japanese Slang 3 – “muri”


無理 (ムリ)


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「微妙」の使い方 – Japanese Slang 2 – “bimyou”



最近は会話で「Not so cool」、「Not very good」というカジュアルな表現として使われています。

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「やばい」の使い方 – Japanese slang “yabai”



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