I am using mac 10.10. My keyboard input source is set to Hiragana, but when I type into a Gimp text layer, the regular latin characters appear and not the Japanese that I expected. How do I get this to work?

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    You probably need to use a font that supports japanese letters (japanese fonts) do you have any japanese fonts? – Aziz Jan 24 '16 at 5:22
  • @Aziz dont know really. Which one would you recommend? – oabarca Jan 24 '16 at 5:23
  • freejapanesefont.com download to your heart's content and make sure to check the licesne of each font – Aziz Jan 24 '16 at 5:27
  • @Aziz your suggestion did not work. I just installed the font you recommended and tried to type in hiragana and latin characters appeared. – oabarca Jan 24 '16 at 14:35
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    What happens when you type the Japanese text in another app and then copy-paste it? Nothing happens? Squares/missing-glyph icons? @Aziz OS X includes quite a lot of fonts that support Japanese. Latin text appearing instead of the Japanese text entered in the Japanese IME does not sound like a font issue, but a software issue. The conversion that the IME is supposed to perform does not happen, for some reason. If it were a font issue, the expected outcome would be squares or Unicode missing-glyphs icons, not just Latin text. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 25 '16 at 2:02

I just entered it in Google (just a text field I can copy-paste out of quickly) and copy-pasted. It worked with the sans-serif font, and I was satisfied.

This was on Linux, though, so maybe something prevented conversion?


If you want to write in japanese you need to use japanese fonts and not latin or others. You can find online a lot of fonts http://www.freejapanesefont.com/ Switch the language of your mac in japanese ( system > language > Add Japanese ). Then select japanese and try to type in gimp. After if you want to write english again come back to system preference.

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