Japanese Flashcards

C++, Windows 9x/2K/XP

I originally wrote this program some time in 1998. I actually moved to Japan soon after writing it, and wasn’t able to support it as well as I would have liked (I had very little internet access at the time). However, I’m making it available here, because it may well be useful or interesting to others, particularly the code that allows the display of Japanese text on any version of Windows. It would be much easier these days with Unicode, but back then, some public domain bitmap fonts and custom code were all I had to work with.


“Japanese Flashcards” is a program for testing recognition of Japanese Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. It does not require any additional language support to run on Western Windows 95 & 98 operating systems. You can find more information on this page.

In addition, you can see some screenshots.


With the exception of the source code, these files are all Windows self-extracting executables; you can also open them using any zip file reader.

Main program

Full Installation (464kb)—Includes Hiragana and Katakana tests.

Add-on files

Basic Kanji Book 1 Chapters 1 to 3
Basic Kanji Book 1 Chapters 4 to 6

Source code

Zip archive of source code

The program was developed on an old version of Borland C++ Builder, but the project file itself will not load into later versions without manual intervention. The C++ source files are plain text and can be easily viewed and modified with almost any editor.

Licence and Warranty

This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under the terms of the GNU General Public License [sic].


  1. James

    Wrote at 2006-06-30 20:27 UTC using Internet Explorer 7.0 on Windows XP:

    And to think you were drinking 100 bottles of cheap french lager a week when you write it!

    /me ponders Do I switch to my Linux boot before posting or at least open Firefox, Opera or Flock just so that I look like less of M$ whore?
  2. Dave Lovegrove

    Wrote at 2008-06-15 13:48 UTC using Firefox on Windows XP:

    Hi Paul, just want to let you know that I think you are a legend! Your Jflash program that I got off Jim Breen’s Monash University Nihongo page has taught me Hiragana and Katakana in very quick time, and I use it to test myself regularily.
    I am going to download the one you have here in case I can learn Kanji with it- I must admit that when ever I see words like ‘source code’ I shudder, having no programming experience and not wanting to miss out on something cool because of it.
    Good luck with what you are up to and thanks again!
  3. Elliot

    Wrote at 2009-05-12 05:18 UTC using Firefox 3.0.10 on Windows XP:

    Nice proggy mate.

    make life a bit easier for me over ere.