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Learning Japanese--General Resources:

Genki Online "Self Study Room": Interactive exercises to accompany the Genki textbook.

The Japanese Page: Contains Japanese lessons for beginners, including information on writing and reading hiragana, katakana and kanji.

Gahoh: A site for learning to write hiragana, katakana and kanji, with stroke order demonstrated in Quicktime movies.

Online Dictionaries and Reading Aids:

Jim Breen's WWWJDIC: Japanese to English online dictionary; paste words or text.

Reading Tutor: Provides dictionary functions for pasted text. Also provides reading materials and links to online resources.

Search Engines:

Google Nihon

Japanese Culture--Research Resources:

The Japanese Literature Homepage: Basic information on literary history authors and works, as well as literary news.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Includes Japanese timeline with images of artifacts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, accompanied by historical information.

MIT Visualizing Cultures: An innovative exploration of Japanese visual images and the historical experience they narrate. Includes scholarly essays, video and animation.

Kyoto National Museum: Highlights from the museum collection.

JAANUS: Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System--a dictionary of art history and architectural terminology.

Digital Dictionary of Buddhism

News and General Information:

Japanese Government Internet TV (English Language)

NHK Online News (Japanese Language)

Fuji Network News (Japanese Language)

Study Abroad Scholarships:

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding: Funding resource listings for study abroad by country or subject.

Fun Sites:

Natsukashii douyou, shouka, warabe uta: Japanese Songs and Melodies (Japanese Language Only)

Edo Japan: A Virtual Tour: Wander around historical Tokyo

Virtual Japanese House: Visit a Japanese house with this children's game. Other "virtual culture" units also available.