In this blog post I'm showing how you can switch your keyboard to Japanese for the most popular operating systems like Windows, MacOS or even Ubuntu.
Jump to your platform by clicking on one of the links (other platforms are coming soon):
First you have to open your Settings.
Open the Text & language menu.
Click on the Region & language category.
Now select Add a language by pressing on the + sign.
Then, a view opens with all the supported languages. Here you have to scroll to the right and select 日本語 Japanese entry.
Windows will notify that it'll install the necessary packages. You'll know when it's finished when it says Language pack available on the second line.
Now you can select the Japanese keyboard in the task bar in the bottom right corner. Click on your current language (here ENG) and select Japanese Microsoft IME.
There should appear an A character next to language selection menu.
Click it exactly once and it should switch the hiragana character あ.
Finally, you should be able to type ありがとう in your editor or internet browser of choice.
Open the lancher and input Settings and click on the respective icon.
Go into the Language Support menu.
In the Language Support menu select Install/Remove Languages... as highlighted in the screenshot.
In the upcoming list, scroll down to the Japanese entry and check the box to the right. Afterwards click Apply.
Ubuntu will now install the necessary packages. Make sure you are connected to the internet.
To make sure everything works. Restart your computer After you computer as rebooted, you should see the Mocz Setup entry in the launcher if you enter Set into the search bar. This is the tool which allows us to the Japanese keyboard. We won't open this application but rather the System Settings. There, click the Keyboard category.
On the lower left, you'll find a button called Text Entry. Press it.
You'll be directed to the Text Entry menu. Here you can add new input sources. We will add Japanese by pressing the + icon in the lower left as highlighted in the screenshot.
Now you can enter Japanese in the search box on the bottom. Select Japanese (Mozc) (IBus) and click Add in the bottom right corner.
Next, you want to click on the En icon (or your local language like De etc.) in the title bar of Ubuntu. Here you can select the Mozc entry.
Go into the same menu again and select Input Mode (A) > Hiragana
Open your favorit browser and entery ありがとう.
(Works on Ubuntu Gnome 17.04 too)
Open the launcher by clicking on Activities in the top left corner. Search for Terminal and open it.
In the newly opened windows, enter sudo apt install ibus-mozc and press enter.
Ubuntu will now ask you if you are sure to install the necessary packages. Press Y and enter afterwards. Then Reboot your computer.
Open the Activities view and search for Settings and open it.
Next, click on the Keyboard entry.
On the top right corner of the newly opened window, click on Input Sources.
Press the + button below the Input Sources* section.
Click the tripple dot icon on the bottom.
Search for Japanese and the Other selection should appear.
Now the entry Japanese (Mozc) should appear. Select it and press Add on the top right corner.
Next you have to click on the en (or de, depends on your personal locale) entry in the top bar and select Japanese (Mozc).
Open the menu a second time. Expand the Input Mode (A) entry by clicking it and selecting Hiragana in the upcoming list.
Open any browser or editor and enter ありがとう.
Open the settings by pressing the Settings icon in the dock.
Go into the Keyboard menu
Open the Input Sources category.
Press the + button in the lower left corner.
Search for Japanese, select it on the right and press Add.
Click on your country's flag in the top bar.
Select あ Hiragana
Go into any browser or editor and type ありがとう.
Now you are all setup to learn Japanese kanji.