Welcome to the Japanese Online Self-Help Utility, or JOSHU for short. In Japanese, JOSHU literally means "assistant", or "tutor", which is what this website attempts to do to anyone interested in learning the Japanese language.
JOSHU was first created by Nan Puthaaroon for her creative thesis as one of the Plan II requirements. Various students from UT Austin Japanese Program, including F. Bickerstaff (Student Technology Assistant), L. Jones (STA), K. Goetz (STA), Tan Nguyen, A. Young, E. Capps, L. Yangyingxong, J. Orland, L. O'Connell, C. Leng (student developer), A. LaGuette (student developer), M. Rogoysk, N. Kim, J. Wang, V. Simms, A. Stites, E. Allen, B. Contreras, L. Yang, and Y. Watanabe, assisted in developing this site. TAs and instructors at UT Austin, including K. Kawachi, A. Hoshino, T. Imai, S. Wakao, Y. Yaguchi, M. Megumi, S. Oshima,T. Motoike, K. Abe, K. Sakamoto, S. Tsujii, M. Togo, T. Sakuma, C. Cooke, and Y. Aida volunteered whenever native speakers of Japanese were needed. JOSHU is supported by a grant from the UT Austin Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services. The grammar video section is supported by a ~FAST Tex grant from the UT Austin DIIA (Division of Instructional Innovation & Assessment).