Currently, we have a guide for:
If anyone out there can write one for another operating system, just leave it as a comment and I'll add it to the journal, with credit. Thanks
On a Windows computer, follow these steps:
Go to the Start menu > Control Panel Open Regional and Language Options
I find it easier to display the language bar at the top of my screen so that I can change between the different input modes faster.
Characters are typed in based on their sound. So to type in し you would select Hiragana as your input mode and just type "shi" and then press enter.
For Ubuntu 12 (under Unity) it's pretty easy.
Written by 1. Click on the system icon on the upper right corner of the screen and select "System Settings."2. Click on "Language Support" then click the button that says "Install/Remove Languages..."3. Place a check mark in the box for "Japanese". You may have to scroll down some in order to see it.4. Click on "Apply Changes," and the necessary packages are downloaded and installed for you.5. Select "scim-bridge" in the keyboard input method drop down list, then click close.To switch between Japanese and English press CTRL+Space while you have a flashing text cursor.Typing in Japanese under this setup is similar to the way it's described in the Windows tutorial above. As you type in Romaji it gets converted to hiragana. Pressing space will allow you to switch the character (or characters) underlined between ひらがな, カタカナ, and kanji as appropriate.
For a Mac, you go;
(on Finder (when you click the desktop)
Edit>Special Characters> on the 'View' drop-down arrow, select Japanese>Scroll down for Hirigana, Katakana and Kanji Numbers
Hope this journal and the accompanying pictures help.