Here is a list of helpful and interesting websites related to Japanese Studies.

Japanese Language

Jim Breen's WWWJDIC Japanese-English Dictionary is THE online Japanese language resource, with an English-Japanese and Japanese-English dictionary, kanji lookup and keitai text translation.
The Japanese-English Dictionary Interface (JEDI) is another excellent English-Japanese and Japanese-English online dictionary, with search capabilities in kanji, hiragana, katakana and romaji.
Dartmouth University's Kanji Practice includes online flashcards of 300 important kanji with videos of stroke order and audio clips of pronunciation.

Japanese Culture

The Asahi , Yomiuri and Mainichi Newspapers are all available online in English and Japanese. The Japan Times Newspaper is available online in English.
The Tokugawa Art Museum offers an online tour of their collection (in Japanese).
Hokkaido's Ainu Museum provides descriptions and images of many aspects of Ainu life (in English and Japanese).
Stanford University's JGuide is a detailed list of websites on all aspects of Japanese life broken down by category (in English).
Portal to Asian Internet Resources (PAIR) hosts articles and links to sites related to many areas of Japan and of other Asian countries (in English, Japanese and many other Asian languages).

Japanese History

The National Museum of Japanese History offers an online tour of their collection (in English and Japanese).
The Internet East Asian History Sourcebook includes summaries of Chinese, Japanese and Korean historical epochs (in English).
Japanese Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR) is an online database of Japanese national records from the Meiji Era (1880s) to the present day with search functions in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean.

Japanese Literature

Japanese info on Books (JiBooks) provides romaji searches of Japanese library catalogues, displaying search results as images, so no Japanese fonts are needed.
The Japanese Text Initiative hosts an online database of Japanese literature from the Nara Period (710-794) to the present day with search capabilities in English and Japanese, although the texts are in Japanese (either Japanese characters or romaji).

Exchange Programs and Careers in Japan

Illinois Wesleyan University's Study Abroad Office offers IWU students varied programs of study in Japan.
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) provides university students with study abroad opportunities in Tokyo and Nagoya.
Study in Japan is the go-to guide for anyone planning on studying in Japan (in Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese).
The Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is a government-sponsored English-teaching and exchange opportunity in Japan.
O-hayo Sensei is an online and print biweekly newsletter with information on English-teaching jobs in Japan. offers job searches for English-Japanese bilinguals (in English and Japanese).
International Computer Professional Associates (ICPA) has searchable listings of Japanese jobs in technology, marketing and finance (in English and Japanese).
The Japan Foundation oversees a number of cultural, teaching and student exchange programs (in English and Japanese).