Japan Goggles

Version 2.3

Translate Japanese words to English from live camera, still photo or album with this revolutionary app. No internet connection required. Supports both horizontal and vertical text.

  • No need to have any knowledge of Japanese to use it
  • Can analyze several words at a time
  • It recognizes over 3,000 (most frequent 95%) Japanese characters
  • Dictionary contains around 200,000 common word entries
  • Developed by LucSens – It’s that easy™
Available on the iPhone


Compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4G and iPod touch 4G.
Requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later.

Join the revolution

Have you tried to learn Japanese and got lost when trying to read something? Have you found yourself buying a lot paper and electronic dictionaries than turn out to be totally useless?

No more worries!

Japan Goggles (developed by LucSens) is an incredible iPhone application that translates Japanese words to English from live camera, a still photo or album. This is the World’s very first real Japanese-English dictionary.

To list just some of it’s features:

  • know how to read over 3,000 (most frequent 95%) Japanese characters
  • has an dictionary with around 200,000 common words and 700,000 Japanese proper names
  • splits the text into words that you can look up individually
  • if you have Internet access, you can translate whole sentences
  • keeps a list of all the words it scans so you can come back to them later or use them as flash cards

All the processing occurs on the iPhone, so you don’t need to have Internet connection. No need to know anything about the Japanese language to use it. All you have to do is hold up the phone to the text, make sure you crop whole caracters in line and VoilĂ !, Japan Goggles translates it immediately into English.

Now you can teach yourself Japanese Kanji!

After reading the very mixed customer reviews, I bought this app hoping for the best and expecting the worst. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised and consider it $5 well spent.


I don’t know what other people are complaining about. I get pretty accurate results. If you really can’t get a clear shot of the character, draw it by hand with a marker. Not only will you get better results, but it will also help you to remember it!

Creative XX

Installed in seconds and works perfectly, never experienced any bugs or errors when using.

James T.

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