Japanese food app

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by new-to-mac, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. new-to-mac macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2012
    Hi Guys,
    just want to throw it out there in case someone has found any good app.

    I'm travelling frequently to Japan for work (and I don't speak Japanese) so eating out is an adventure since most people don't speak English. Fortunately many restaurants have menus with pictures BUT is there an app out there that has something like a Japanese food encyclopaedia?

    I'm looking for something with pictures and English and Japanese (Kanji) characters.

    I found sushipedia but this is specific to sushi and reviews seem a bit hit and miss.

    any suggestions?

    many thanks!
  2. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
    No food app because there are WAY too many variations of the same food here. I use an app called "Japanese" it lets you write teh Kanji, Hiragana or Katakana if you cannot read them on the screen and see the English translation. But if you cannot read or write any Japanese even this app will be a challenge for you. At a minimum if you can learn Hiragana and Katakana it will go a long way in using this app; it will also translate romanji into Kani/Hiragana/Katakana, its pretty cool.

    I have always thought an app that could snap a pic of Kanji and translate it to English via OCR type translation would be killer; but it is not that easy.

    Best bet, say Watashi wa, kyo no osusume onegaishimasu. (I will have todays special please) However, dinner time they often do not have daily special and the dinner menu is often very large with few pictures. Lunch is far easy, almost always a daily special and most lunch menus are sets which have a picture on the menu.
  3. new-to-mac thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2012
    Before I buy this 7 USD I think this is more of a dictionary isn't it?

    I won't be able to learn Japanese since I am about 1 week per month in Tokyo/Osaka. I really want to navigate through a restaurant menu :)

    So, if I know no Japanese at all would this app be useful to me?

    I found this youtube video on this app. Is this a far representation of the app itself? Would a non-Japanese speaking person be able to use this app


    you wanna team up and develop one?

  4. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
    Yes it is a translation dictionary but the ability to draw the kanji and use romaji is huge when you aren't fully fluent in Japanese. But for your use it is not perfect for your needs as it is most helpful if you know some Japanese.
  5. Kassiy macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2013
    I wonder if there is such app for Chinese food as well - you never know what you`ll get :/

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