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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~


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~


FAQ and Notes

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


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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rosie120200 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist
Does this work for macs?
AkillerArt-72 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional 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;
littlecutie-chan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
thank you
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?
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
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. 


-Just another hopeless Hetalian
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"
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)
HeartOfAnAlterEgo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank-you for making this! It worked! :D
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
Lipoli Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
i have java issues and downloaded so wht does Executable Jar look like?
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.
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.
rainbow-predator Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
When I double click the jar file, what am I supposed to open it with?
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
1MonochromeMadness1 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a shimeji infestation because i for got to turn mine off , help?
Mewmewgirl8 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student 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?
Delneko Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
I'm having the same problem though. How did you get yours to work?
Mewmewgirl8 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Oh ummm I really don't remember. I haven't used my shimejis in a long time. Which one are you opening? 
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)
Mewmewgirl8 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
mdean33 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
how do you get rar Shimeji to work
DaichiTwin02 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Very helpful, thank you!!
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?
Funkyreaper Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
aww, i need to use internet explorer for this?
crystallove13 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
what if they said that theres a java exception or java virtual machine launcher?
Cynderthedragon5768 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't even open a shimeji x.x
I even updated Java.
DPlover726 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I recently got Foxy from Five Nights at Freddy's shimeji and I updated java and everything but when I click on either of the files it won't work. :(
QueenOfMelons Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
I have the same issue.
BlueVampireQueen Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay I have windows 7 64 bit and as recommended to me I downgraded to Java 6 update 20.The necessary files have been renamed,there are seven(i have two copyright documents) files only.I have opened it sucessfully with java 6. The little icon for it is there,but I am not seeing Shimeji falling from the screen,ive tried clicking the first bunch of boxes(the one to spawn a new one).But still no shimeji,is there something I'm doing wrong.

I did replace the img images because the shimeji I downloaded was just a image pack and I did that exaclty ad it told me to.Please help me
GameofPonies Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
do i absolutely have to have the Java thing? just curious. 
Janellexox Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yes. Yes you do
Fullmoonrose7 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks I was having trouble trying to install and open them, but you came and help me, thanks!!!neon umbreon~blacky gif! 
pokefan425 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Filmographer
I've clicked both the "Application" file and the "Excutable Jar" file and both of them do nothing.
Nothing happens, and I've already fixed the Java error.
Help? ^^
lindaej Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
When i open the Shimeji Executable Jar File I get a message with A java exception has occured.
My java is up to date. 
What dod I do???
Kida54 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I have gotten that too. Unfortuntly I've got o idea what to do either.
When I open the .jar file, it opens up another winrar file window. When I use the .bat file, nothing happens. Help?
Heatherdragongirl Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
When I click on my shimejis there is only one choice, which is to delete the shimeji I clicked on. So how do I close them?
TheGoldenEyes777 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
I clicked the .jar file like you said and it just says there was a java exeptiaon?
1Cynder Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
I tried getting 5 different shimeji to work, even after reading this and they won't work, at all. It makes me a lil sad. is there anything that I can do?
xxMaddie6xx Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
So I clicked the Executable Jar File and waited a few moments but still nothing is happening to it. .___. What do I do?~ There was no pop up message, no flashing, it just literally did nothing. I'm not sure if that's a Java problem or if I'm just not doing something right.

;w; Help.
BrownPuffle Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have java, but when I click on the executable jar file, it flashes a black box on my screen for half a second and won't open. Please help!
BlackAngelCry Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have black background around shimeji. I deleted background in GIMP,but it doesn't help-shimeji still have back background. Help,please!
ikuchana Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Click the Executable Jar instead and see if it works"
What to do, if this doesn't help either? Java is updated. ;;
mcmurp Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same issue here TT.TT
girls-and-space Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've been trying to get this one shimeji to work for *ages*! If I sent you the link, do you think you could help me figure out what's wrong? Because I've tried literally *everything* I can think of, and nothing works! I would really appreciate the help. Here's the link if you want:…
whoateyourpieME Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Where is "Jar" located? And im missing the "Shimeji" application for one of them; do you know where an alternative link to start the shimeji might be?
Lyrikia Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
after I updated my Java it only says "could not make the Java Virtual Machine" when I try to open it, what shall I do?
IvyWind88 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
How do you delete Mac shimeji clones?
7th-Me-Cupcake-Queen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Uhm, it doesn't seem to be working anymore...
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