Why can I type 漢字{かんじ}, but not 漢字{かんじ} or 漢字{かんじ}? Is this by design? Do I really need to use inline code formatting for kanji with furigana in italicized or bolded text?

  • I wouldn't really use those variants, though... I mean the emphasized one is not good looking but ok, that is personal taste. But the bold one might be a problem when reading furigana. Tiny text is hard to read when bold. :)
    – Alenanno
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 11:16
  • @Alenanno Yeah, now that you mention it, Japanese never uses italics. The rub is that it may be helpful to italicize (or emphasize) Japanese characters when they are mixed with English text formatted the same way. Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 17:42
  • Are we able to change the color of the text? If so, instead of using bold, it might be useful to highlight the appropriate word in a color.
    – Troyen
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 20:49
  • @Troyen No it's not possible and my guess is that it's intentional.
    – Alenanno
    Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 9:21
  • What about <blink>?
    – Golden Cuy
    Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 11:30
  • @AndrewGrimm jk? :)
    – ジョン
    Commented May 25, 2012 at 5:11
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    It's been more than a year, and this is still an issue. Can we get a fix for this?
    – rintaun
    Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 12:05
  • This appears to be fixed. Can someone confirm?
    – Oded
    Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 14:17
  • @Oded The examples of italics and bold in the question don't appear to be working (tested in Chrome and Firefox). We do have a workaround that works fine, though, which you can see in jkerian's answer.
    – user1478
    Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 19:04
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    @Oded this issue and others have been fixed with the updated version of the Furigana engine at meta.japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/1277 - if you've got a minute, would you be able to update the version used on the site (and if possible, add the script to the mobile site as well)?
    – cypher
    Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 10:51
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    @cypher - thanks for letting me know. An update should be happening soon.
    – Oded
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 19:56
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    @Oded sorry for bothering you again, but there were some people who had issue with Japanese fonts - would it be OK if you could re-update the script?
    – cypher
    Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 1:13
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    @cypher - missed your ping... Hurray for xmas break... Updated script is up and running.
    – Oded
    Commented Dec 27, 2014 at 19:30
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    @cypher - script updated and also added to mobile versions.
    – Oded
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 14:10
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    @oded Thanks! It's really great to finally have furigana working everywhere :-)
    – user1478
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 5:24

3 Answers 3


This is just because, em and strong tags are not under analyze list to add furigana. I will inform dev team to add those.


Testing this variant: <b>[漢字]​{かんじ}</b>


Seems to work

[漢字]{かんじ} works as well from <i>[漢字]​{かんじ}</i>... but wow is that unreadable

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    FAQ entry edited.
    – jkerian
    Commented May 27, 2012 at 4:22

Admins, please consider fixing this bug. Here is a recent actual example.


Without <strong> element: [漢字]{かんじ} (this works)
With **…** markup: [漢字]{かんじ} (this does not work)
With HTML markup: [漢字]{かんじ} (this does not work either)


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