Sits quietly in the background, showing words in kanji, kana and English.

Configure using the settings.xml file in the program directory. If this is missing, run the program once to autogenerate it.
settings.xml will be overwritten when program exits, so close KanjiGadget before modifying.
Setting names should be fairly obvious.

Right click the kanji display or the small dot in the window’s upper-left corner to show the program menu.

  • Reload: loads the next word instead of waiting. (Or: double-click kanji display)
  • Edit: modify the dictionary, add new words
  • Show border: allows you to move the window wherever you want it. Same option makes it borderless again. Position will be saved when the program is closed.

Words can be added on the fly using the program menu, or you can manually edit them in. (Default file: kanji.txt, both absolute and relative paths permitted)


  • EPSON has a bunch of free fonts that look pretty nice. I use 正楷書体M for kanji and 太角ゴシック体B for kana.
    Bunch of Japanese Unicode fonts.
  • The program was made for private use and contains little (if any) in the way of input validation. Be careful when editing the config or the program will crash.
  • Works best on a secondary monitor where it won’t be buried by a lot of busywork. Does not replace “real” study methods like Anki…
  • Put it in your Startup folder!
  • In transparency mode, you have to click directly on the kanji text or the small gray square in the top left corner.

9kB zip
Uses .NET Framework 4 Client Profile.