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This is meant to help people who have had trouble running Shimeji's.

I once downloaded a shimeji and whatever I tried wouldn't work, and it turned out I was only clicking one wrong thing!
This is what works for me, since my computer's pretty old and doesn't like to make things work. If this doesn't work for you, I'm really sorry :c We might be using a different type of computer, internet browser, etc. I'd like to hear and questions you may have, and though I'm not a Shimeji expert, I'll try to help out in any way I can~

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1. Downloading Files

I always download .ZIP files from MediaFire. Before I downloaded any Shimeji's, I installed something wierd called WinZip, which is a program for extracting files. It's pretty safe, but can get kind of annoying sometimes. You can download the free evaluation trial if you like, or buy it. I only have the trial, so it will most likely end soon, but that's alright. Anyway, download the .ZIP, then WinZip will appear onscreen with the Shimeji file. Right click the entire folder and select "Extract". It opens my documents, and I click "Unzip" at the bottom right. It then shows you the extracing process then opens your Documents. The folder will usually be named Shimeji_character name here. For example, the shimeji you see in the preview image climbing on the window is my Hetalia OC for Wales. Her file name is Shimeji_Wales.
After your see the folder, you may copy (I am unsure if moving it corrupts the file, this is just to be safe) it to a Shimeji folder if you wish, which is just something downloaders make to hold all of their Shimeji folders in one place. This is entirely optional. You can also close WinZip now.

2. Opening the Shimeji Folder

Once you have your Shimeji folder open, you will see six files- "conf", "img", and "lib" which are folders; two files named Shimeji, and a text document (sometimes). The text is just for copyright. The conf folder is for other files, and the lib is for Executable Jar files. Anything extra may mess up the Shimeji. The img is for all of the images, don't mess with these unless you want to make your own Shimeji, which I will go over later. This is crucial for the life of your Shimeji- some files in the conf folder may need to be renamed. You should only do this if it says so in the description where you downloaded, this is why you must always read the description. It will say what you need to rename them to in the description. Now, (after you renamed the files if necessary) to start up the your little desktop buddy, all you need to do is double click the Shimeji Executable Jar File. It has the little Java icon on it. You may need to wait a moment after you click, be paitent! After a moment you will see their little icon (will vary depending on Shimeji character, for example, Hetalia character's icons will be flags) and they will fall from the sky!

2.5 Java Problems
Sometimes, a Japanese error message will appear saying you need to update Java. You can do this just in case, but if it appears more than once, you may be doing something wrong. This is most likely caused by you clicking the wrong Shimeji file- the "Application" file. Click the Executable Jar instead and see if it works~

3. Playing with your Shimeji

Your desktop buddy will walk around and entertain themself. This includes sitting, climbing on the walls of your screen, throwing your web browsers, and even cloning themselves! If you leave a Shimeji alone for long enough, you may have thousands (not really, maybe 40) of little clones running around your screen. With your shimeji, you can pick them up, wave them around, toss them, and clone them yourself. If you right-click their icon at the bottom right of your screen, a small window pops up. It may be in Japanese or boxes. The first one is to make another Shimeji fall from the sky. You can also do this by left-clicking the icon. The second is "Come here!" where all of your Shimeji's of that type will follow your cursor and sit when they get to it. After a while, they will begin moving again. The third will make all but one Shimeji poof, this is just in case you do get 40 on your screen and your internet (or whatever you have pulled up) will lag (it's what mine does "xD). The fourth will make any IE browers appear back onscreen if your Shimeji has thrown them off. This will not close your program, don't worry. The final button will close the Shimeji file all together. You can have more than one Shimeji program up at once, too!

4. Making your Own

To make your own Shimeji, download an already-made one for the base. You should probably ask the artist of the base if you can use it. Though most will most likely agree and say it's perfectly fine, you should still be polite. That's just me talking though c:
So, to begin, go to the base's img folder. Open one file at a time in Photoshop, SAI, GIMP, etc. and trace over it. DO NOT make an exact copy or recolor of the base. Just try to use it as a guide to tell you what pose does what, because it DOES matter. After you've traced and colored over the base, you can save it as a PNG over the file. There are several Shimeji-making tutorials on dA, go look up one of those if you need a visual aid~

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FAQ and Notes

To rename the conf files, you will have to rename the 43KB one-
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The 10KB one will need to be renamed- 行動

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO ASK OR HELP OTHERS. I WILL TRY TO ANSWER THEM TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY.


Thank you for taking your time to read this tutorial, I hope it helped! If it did, or you find anything wrong with this, please mention something~ Have fun with your Shimeji!
Shimejis Group Finity
Shimeji Preview/Wales, Tutorial Me, ~DireTylo

To my watchers- YES! I am making a Wales Shimeji~<3 Let this serve as a preview ^^



Thanks again for reading, everyone!
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:iconjosiecrow21:
josiecrow21 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
is there a way to fix a flashing shimeji 


eridan just flashes alot 
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:iconiluvbunbun12:
iluvbunbun12 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist
how do I adjust the time of animations like sitting and tilting their head?
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Pancakesgalore Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My shimejis are sitting and are very placid...
Thanks for the tutorial it helped a ton!!
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Lpscutemay100 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
oh,soo if you click the jar file will it work?
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:iconpettoo:
pettoo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
When I double click the shimeji executable jar file, it tells me that a java exception has occurred.
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:iconchespin24:
Chespin24 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah me too. Filled with DETERMINATION 
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:iconwilsadoodles:
WilsaDoodles Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, my Shimeji faces the opposite direction when it climbs walls so I can't see half of them, please help!
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BobbyqUnderpants9945 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I have a question-when your Shimeji turns to the right an their transparency is black, what do you do?
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:icontheiwwiss:
TheIwwiss Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Does this work for Windows 10? I've tried everything and it's still not working ;-;
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GrayFluffyWolf Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, this was really helpfull ^///U///^
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Kimotuza Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
Mine doesn't have and executable jar file, it only says application.
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:iconkyubeycontract:
KyubeyContract Featured By Owner Edited Nov 21, 2015  Student Artist
Error: Could Not Create the Java Virtual Machine.
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:icondark-nyan-kitty:
DArk-Nyan-Kitty Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My conf files are 9 KB and 39 KB
Is that why it's not running?
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s-n-o-w-p-a-w Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
okay. so i've renamed the files, etc, and extracted everything, etc, and open the .jar file, but nothing happen.
please help??
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KomaedaTrash Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
(Please note i may be misunderstanding the help instructions XD) I already have my shimeji's installed. I was using Shimeji-ee. When I open the application (Shimeji-ee) to use the shimeji it says "Failed to load configuration files. See log for more details." I have no idea what that means. ;-;
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rosie120200 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist
Does this work for macs?
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:iconjosiecrow21:
josiecrow21 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
yes it dose work for mac you just need a shimeji file that is already made for mac
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:iconkristle-tribble:
Kristle-Tribble Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Shimeji programs usually run in different versions. When you go to download the shimeji, it should say what program is specified for it. That being said, how you go to download the files typically varies a lot among the programs. The likely answer is no, because I'm fairly certain this tutorial is for Windows users...
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AkillerArt-72 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nothing's working for me at the moment..It says that it's running and working, but the shimeji didn't appeared at all/invisible. ;w;
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ozzi9816 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you have Windows 7 and a 64bit operating system, most shimejis have trouble running on that. Follow this guide: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuZZLC…
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AkillerArt-72 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Windows 8 and a 64bit operating system, yup~ :3
Thank you~ I'll go check it out! ;u; <3
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ozzi9816 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not sure, but I think this works for Windows 8 too. Good luck!
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:iconakillerart-72:
AkillerArt-72 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ n.n <3
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StarryPikachuSky Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It worked for Windows 10, so it'll probably work with Windows 8 too.
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littlecutie-chan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
thank you
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ArtisticLoverca Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
i have a bit of a problem, i have a google chromebook, it doesnt have java and everything is run on apps. i tried unziping the files and everything. but nothing works my laptop is screwing up the entire process. do you know anything i can do?
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hxnna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Student
Okay , so I have made the shimeji images and all , but sometimes , there are black boxes surrounding the shimeji I made....

How to fix this??? :'^D
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:iconkristle-tribble:
Kristle-Tribble Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It could be that the frames/images for the shimeji don't have an erased/transparent border. You can check this by going to the 'img' file and looking at the individual frames. If that is the case, then you have to erase the black borders on all of the images.
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hxnna Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Student
I found out the reason why there were blackened boxes around the shimeji when it walked , it was because I drew it on MS Paint and transparented it on transparent sites.

Now I solved the problem though. :^D
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TheMajesticMarvelFan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got my first Shimeji (Denmark from Hetalia the sweET CiNNaMOn rOLl *squee*) and I love it and it opened fine I just have one problem; when he climbs up the walls he is halfway off the screen? Is there any way to fix this? I was just hoping someone knew how to maybe redo some setting that regulates screen size or something... it just looks like my width of screen is set to big and Denmark is halfway off the screen. 

Thanks!

-Just another hopeless Hetalian
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:iconkristle-tribble:
Kristle-Tribble Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of shimeji creators line up the mascot's frames this way on purpose. It makes the mascot appear as if it is climbing up the wall of the desktop. It has to do with the perspective of the shimeji... if they lined it up any other way, the shimeji would either be too detached to climb, or stuck inside the wall.
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KuraiPokemon066 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything works out fine except for one thing:
When I click the Shimeji.jar file, it will give me an error saying "A Java Exception has occurred"
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Kirathewolf32 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Im having problems opening 2 shimejis at the same time


I can only have one but I want more then 1 I want 2 :C


onion sad Cry forever Sad Cutecookies Mascot Any help?


(Poor Levi Gonna Be Forever Alone)
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HeartOfAnAlterEgo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank-you for making this! It worked! :D
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:iconmasaomisaikou:
MasaomiSaikou Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
I can only use one KagePro shimeji at a time when I click on another file while one is already opened is doesnt show up
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:iconlipoli:
Lipoli Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
i have java issues and downloaded so wht does Executable Jar look like?
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Kyokono Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm encountering a problem that's quite a bit different from those above mentioned.  I have downloaded a new image file to work with my Shimeji, and it works fine off the computer itself... unlike the rest of my Shimeji's, however, when I move it to my flashdrive to make it portable/usable for any system I work with and try to run it, it creates '.lck' files to prevent it's use.  I've tried all the normal fixes that I could find, but nothing has worked.  If you have any information you could share with me in regards to this issue, I'd be very happy.
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SullenHighStar Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't get the shijemi icon to appear or anything to change. I even updated Java....please help.
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rainbow-predator Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
When I double click the jar file, what am I supposed to open it with?
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:iconrockeyrose:
rockeyrose Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student Artist
i clicked on the jar e-thing file and it keeps saying java exception has occoured
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1MonochromeMadness1 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a shimeji infestation because i for got to turn mine off , help?
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Mewmewgirl8 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm trying to put in my Zacharie shimejis and it shows the little icon in the bottom right corner but the actual shimejis aren't showing. Help?
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Delneko Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
I'm having the same problem though. How did you get yours to work?
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Mewmewgirl8 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh ummm I really don't remember. I haven't used my shimejis in a long time. Which one are you opening? 
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Delneko Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
It's not a problem anymore, we just got it working. We had to update java is all~
(Tip to anyone having this problem, you can just go to the English website and update there, you don't need to use the Japanese one)
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Mewmewgirl8 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nevermind
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:iconmdean33:
mdean33 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
how do you get rar Shimeji to work
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DaichiTwin02 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Very helpful, thank you!!
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KinoXShika Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
When I made my own I get this black box around when it faces a certain direction... but it only does that when it walks... how do I get rid of it?
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Kristle-Tribble Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There may be a specific frame in the shimeji's image folder that has the black border on it. Try erasing the black bordering on that particular image and replace the original with it. It should work then...
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