There's some Japanese text that I'm memorizing, and I want to print it out on a piece of paper so I can tape it to my wall. Sounds like a plan!
Unfortunately, it's not that easy. First of all, the text is written vertically (top-to-bottom, right-to-left), and I want my copy to look that way, too. Second, it has furigana (which are not quite a dealbreaker for me but would be really nice to have).
I can type the text (kanji and kana, separately, anyway) into a text editor just fine. I just don't know how to go about getting it from a plain text file into a nicely-laid-out page description. I was almost tempted to start throwing HTML tables together, but then I realized that Japanese punctuation changes form slightly when written vertically.
I have almost no other requirements. It can be an obscure old command-line tool that does nothing but lay out Japanese text vertically, or a shiny new whizzy-bang app. It can be open-source or proprietary. I'm afraid it can't be expensive (I have no budget for this) but I do have access to MS Word here if that helps. It can be some fancy HTML that only works in one specific browser, as long as that browser can print it correctly to a sheet of paper. It can run on Mac, Linux, or Windows. I'll probably trash the bits as soon as I've printed it so longevity and portability are not concerns.
I suppose the tool should also be somewhat efficient to use. I know I could lay out each character individually in Inkscape but it might take me a couple hours to do one page!
I've looked briefly at MS Word, OpenOffice, TeX, and HTML (with various browsers), and I can't figure it out. I've found partial solutions/tutorials on the web -- Japanese with furigana is common enough -- but nothing that quite covers all my needs -- vertical writing is apparently somewhat rare.