Interestingly, definitions in Japanese language dictionaries can vary significantly depending on the dictionary.
What kind of Japanese language dictionary goes beyond simply knowing the meaning and usage of words, becoming a starting point to develop and deepen one’s own thoughts? It is a dictionary that thoroughly investigates examples of word usage in everyday language life and provides definitions that result from profound contemplation. In other words, a ‘thinking dictionary’ serves as the premise for a ‘thinking process.’
Since its first edition in 1972 (Showa 47), ‘Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten’ has been pursuing the ideal form of a dictionary, continuously examining the Japanese language.
As stated in the preface of the fourth edition, ‘Life is supported by language, and our thoughts and introspection deepen through language.’ To adhere to a policy of capturing words more accurately and precisely, we must also respond firmly to the changes in society that evolve with the times.
This revision was carried out exactly with that purpose in mind.
This is all thanks to the combined effort of:
golddranks for programming a rust library for parsing and interpreting the Mkd dictionary format.
GitHub - golddranks/monokakido: A Rust library for parsing and interpreting the Monokakido dictionary format. Full test coverage and efficient implementation with minimal dependencies.
stephenmk for working on Jitenbot, a program that is able to convert the exported Mkd data into the mdict and yomichan format.
GitHub - stephenmk/jitenbot: Convert data from Japanese dictionary websites and applications into portable file formats
Both of these projects are in need of developers!
If you found this dictionary interesting and have the programming knowledge and time, please give back to the community and help us convert more Mkd dictionaries!