About this Site
My name is Christopher Bolton, and I have been maintaining this site since 1999. I've been using Japanese on various Mac systems since the early 1990's, and was using Apple computers long before that (since the days of the Apple //e). At one point I had a very brief career as a software developer, and now I teach comparative and Japanese literature at Williams College, so this site represents a convergence of my different interests. (If you are interested, there is more about me and my work on my home page; see the link in the navigation bar.)
The Mac has supported Japanese since relatively early in its history. But when I first started this site, it was not always a simple matter for English-speaking Mac users to install Japanese support: typing, browsing, or emailing in Japanese required extra software or plugins that could be confusing to locate, sort out, and install. Applications that supported Japanese were scarce and hard to track down. This site started as a way to guide users through that forest.
Today using Japanese on a Mac is largely seamless: with a few adjustments to the system settings, virtually any popular browser, word processor, or email application can use Japanese. The growth of Apple and the spread of standards like unicode have solved many compatibility problems. And with the App Store, it's easier to find and evaluate niche applications, like Japanese dictionary software. So now I've streamlined the site to focus on getting language students and other beginners up and running using Japanese with the most common applications, particularly the most recent versions of applications like Safari and Mail that come bundled with Mac OS.
If you don't find what you need here, be sure to consult the Further Resources page for some alternatives. If you have questions or comments about this site, please feel free to email me at bolton at redcocoon.org.
I am responsible for the content, coding, web design, and photography on the site. All pages should conform to standards for HTML 4.01. © Christopher Bolton.