Tutorial: Writing Japanese with Mac OS X.
Very basic knowledge of Japanese required.
-Go into System Prefs:International:Keyboard Menu tab.
-Check the red disc with an apple on it near the bottom of the window.
-An american flag will appear in the menu bar.
-Open any non-classic word processor such as Text Edit.
-Select the red disc icon from the flag (AKA keyboard) menu.
-To select an alphabet, pick one from the bottom set of four menu items. The first is Hiragana, followed by Katakana than kana width Romanji than normal monospaced Romanji .
-Type words (typing k and a make ka etc.).
-To create kanji, type the word in kana and than press the down arrow until the appropriate character appears.
Note: The modified "." and long dash are in the normal . and - spaces on the KB.