Introduction to Five Element Input Method for Japanese

In summary, each Japanese kanji (漢字), Hiragana (平仮名), Katakana (片仮名), Jukugo (熟語), Tango (単語), Yomikata (読み方) will be assigned a 9-digit number code.  User will use the 9-digit number code to enter each character (Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana) and phrase (Jukugo, Tango, Yomikata).

The Five element method (五元入力方法) is based on the basic structure of using pronunciation to enter the number first to get the character input.  If it is not sufficient, shape and drawing section will be used.  During the input process, user may choose to pick up the character or phrase at anytime.  If a number is entered in a wrong way, user may always back up to re-pick the code words.  User may also pick a specific phonetic combination (Yomiktata) for a certain character.  Then, characters of other phonetic combinations will be removed from the candidate list.

Whenever a number key is entered, the number of candidate characters and candidate phrases for selection will be reduced until only your target character or phrase showing on the selection list.  Once your target character or phrase appears on the selection window, you may pick the character or phrase at any time.

This input method is very straight-forward and very simple.  You may try to punch some keys before reading the user manual.  The user manual will have the following four sections: keyboard, sound code, character input and phrase input.  Please pick the topic of your interest for further explanation.