Tuesday, July 29, 2008


I got all the papers I needed from Japan about 2 weeks ago (official acceptance letter, Certificate of Eligibility), and finished turning in everything that the study abroad office needs.

Next on the list is getting the general visa to Japan. I have to wait till my passport comes back from the Vietnam embassy (for visa exemption).

Crappy first youtube vlog is in the works, lookout for that!


Get your IME on!

So, if you're like me (which is probably unlikely, too much Tuan here), you switch between English/Japanese/Chinese typing daily. You already installed the good stuff (said country's language typing), and you're tired of always having to switch between ひらがな (hiragana) and カタカナ (katakana) with the mouse, it's tedious, and it drives me crazy.

Look no further, I have the answer to all your problems (well only this one).

How to get mouse-free switching between all that good stuff (tips)

I hate whenever I first switch it to Japanese from English (alt + shift), it automatically puts it in direct input.

1. to switch to hiragana from direct input (while in Japanese mode) press ctrl+caps lock

2. to switch to katakana from direct input (again, while in Japanese mode) press alt+caps lock

If you want to type something in katakana, and you're in hiragana mode, F7 is your man!


Hero(hiiroo) -> ひーろー //F7 // ヒーロー

F6-F9 does a variety of things
F6: hiragana
F7: full width katakana
F8: half width katakana
F9: full width romaji
F10: half width romaji