Japanese input methods on Ubuntu

Adding input methods and font support for Japanese is a trivial process for Windows XP and Vista. After moving my laptop from XP to Ubuntu Linux, I realize that familiarity is…well…comfortable. I’m a little lost.

Really all I want to do is enable the Japanese input methods on this new, shiny Ubuntu 8.04 system. I tried installing SCIM and an input method called “Anthy”. Sigh…I couldn’t get it to work on first try, so I removed it. Of course I’ll try again, but I’ll do some Yahoo/Google search homework first.