Setting up Ubuntu 16.04 for typing Japanese (Anthy)

Written on 2017-10-25 20:39:21-05:00

Currently I'm giving the Duolingo Japanese course a go. Trying to get Ubuntu all set up to type Kana/Kanji has been a real pain, so just wanted to document it.

Thanks to this post. I don't have any Ubuntu-exchange reputation, so I can't upvote it.

Anthy seems like the way to go, however it's not installed by default if you just go into Settings -> Region & Language and try to set it up there. These are the steps (as far as I can tell) that I did to get things setup.

  1. sudo apt install ibus-anthy
  2. Restart. I tried just logging out, didn't work for me.
  3. Settings -> Region & Language and select Japanese (Anthy).

I also installed Japanese through Settings -> Language Support, but that does not seem to be necessary from what I can tell.

Not sure why this was so difficult to do. Good luck.

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