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Shimeji for Mac Users Tutorial

...a compiled amount of resources in one easy-to-understand instruction packet.

Here, I will walk you step-by-step for all you Mac users to access the cute/fun world of Shimeji

without the use of Wine/Parallels Desktop or other Windows transferring programs that could slow your Mac down.

- What is Shimeji?
- Where can I download one?
- What you need to have installed already on your Mac.
- Choose your Shimeji, and download.
- Download the Shimeji Mac template.
- Transferring documents.
- Run!
- Common issues, and how you can fix them easily.
- Final Notes.


What is Shimeji?

In a nutshell, it's a desktop sitter that is fully customizable.  Each 'sitter' is often represented by an icon or character, and they usually just run around your screen, crawl up the windows, etc.  For example, you could have a Pikachu shimeji that runs around your desktop looking cute, or a Link shimeji that throws your tab windows around.  Ultimately, it depends on the script of what you've downloaded.  However, unlike your ordinary desktop sitter, shimeji multiply.  Like mushrooms. At the end of the day, you could have around 16 or 17 of the same character gamboling on your desktop.  But very fun and cute nonetheless, as you can drag them around or throw them.

Where can I download one?

Essentially, anywhere.  Since I'm strictly doing this for Mac Users only, it doesn't matter whether your character is capable of running on Mac--in fact, 97% of them don't.  However, since I'm going to walk you through how to use one that is customized for Windows on a Mac, it doesn't matter.
You can find Shimeji:
-Here on deviantART.  Search 'Shimeji' in the bar, or be specific with the character you are looking for.
-Google or any other search engine.  If it's not on deviantART, it could be on Tumblr or some other share site.
-Make your own.  There are templates available for you to make your own Shimeji for the Mac.  
You can download the template here:….*

*NOTICE! The template is no longer being maintained.  Visit:… and proceed.

What you need to have Installed.

-You will need Mac OS X 10.5 to 10.8.  Older than 10.5 will not work.  To check which OS X version you have:
>Apple Icon
>'About This Mac'
>'More Info...'
> Under Software.
-The latest version of Java runtime, which you can download here:
Apple computers typically already have Java downloaded, so click 'Software Update...' under the apple icon on the top left of your desktop.

Choose your Shimeji, and download it.

Once you have found the shimeji you wish to have installed onto your desktop, download it as a .ZIP file if available.

You will be given the option of where to save it.  It doesn't matter, but I suggest keeping it under 'Applications'.

Begin download.  Once download is complete, double click onto the zipped folder to automatically unzip it's contents.  

Download the Shimeji template specifically for Mac.

The exact same contents of the shimeji you have downloaded, only that it does not have a set character, and that the script runs for Mac.


Repeat the above steps, saving it in the same spot as the first shimeji. Unzip by double clicking the icon.

Transferring Documents

You now have two shimeji files, one containing your character specifically for Windows, the other a blank template specifically for Mac.  Here, I will go slowly step-by-step for you to merge the two documents.

1. Open your CHARACTER shimeji folder.  You will find multiple files within it.  Click the one labelled 'img', where you will then find a series of your character in multiple poses.
2. Press and hold the COMMAND key and select all of the character poses in the 'img' folder.  
3. Right click and select 'Copy [#] Items'.
4. Move to the TEMPLATE shimeji folder, and you will see that it has the exact same set up.  Click the file labelled 'img', and right-click paste.  A pop-up will show up asking you if you want to replace the items.  To save time, select the box labelled 'Apply to All' and click 'Replace'.   
5. You can now go back and DELETE the CHARACTER shimeji file, as it holds no use to us now.
6. Return back to the TEMPLATE shimeji folder.

Congratulations!  Activate it!

Begin by going to your now ONLY shimeji folder, and clicking the icon simply labelled 'Shimeji". It'll look like a pixel computer with a face on the screen.  You will be prompted with something along the lines of,
Do you want to open this program?  It's from the internet.
Click yes, and your shimeji should miraculously fall from the 'sky'.

Common Issues, Troubleshooting, etc.

My shimeji has a bizarre shadow of itself following it around!
This doesn't happen all the time--in fact, it shouldn't. But in the off chance that it does and it bothers you, you will need to install SHADOW KILLER for your Mac.  You can find the link here:… .  Install and run.  
NOTE: Shadow Killer will not only remove the shadow from the shimeji, but everything, including your windows.  While it saves data space, it makes the desktop look significantly less polished.

It won't run!
It happens.  Reinstall both the TEMPLATE shimeji and the CHARACTER shimeji of your choice, and follow the steps again. Instead of deleting the CHARACTER shimeji folder in step 5, just keep it handy.   
NOTE: Do not mess with the coding, even if you can read japanese.  It will often confuse the app and refuse to open.  

It still won't work?
Make sure that your computer meets the installation requirements mentioned earlier.  Java must also be running on 64-bit.  If your problem persists, please give a detailed account of your issue and any popups, and comment below.  

My Shimeji won't climb windows :C
- Click the apple icon in the top left-hand corner of your desktop.
- Select 'System Preferences...'
- Select 'Universal Access'
- Check the box labelled 'Enable access for assistive devices.'

How can I have more than one Shimeji?
Repeat all of the steps above.  Make sure that they are separate folders to distinguish between them.  You must activate each character separately for all of them to function at once.

The download file says that it is damaged!
Mountain Lion comes with a system called Gatekeeper, which prevents you from accidentally running harmful things; our Macs are thinking that Shimeji is dangerous.

Note that this will temporarily change your security settings, however, you may change it back later.

Click the Apple logo > System Preferences > Security and Privacy
Click the 'General' tab
'Unclick' the lock in the bottom left if it's clicked; it'll ask for your password for security's sake.
Where it says 'Allow applications downloaded from: ' click 'Anywhere'.
It'll ask you to confirm and I think it asks for your password again, in any case just go with it.
Return to the Shimeji template/whichever you're trying to run; the thing you clicked on to get the 'damaged' message > Right click it and click 'Open' > It'll ask you if you're sure; click 'Open' again.

*Thanks to Nikki-Nigel for providing this!

:new: :new: :new:"Uncaught exception in main method: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: input == null!"
If you are receiving this error, I CANNOT HELP YOU.  Your best bet is to reinstall Java, and please make sure it is set to 64 bit.  If possible, also try older versions of Java.

Ever since the recent update, the original template has NOT BEEN MAINTAINED and you have to rely on luck for it to work.  Whether or not you receive this error is because of this.

****All questions regarding this error will be ignored.  

A few final notes that'll help.

You will notice in the upper right-hand corner of your desktop that there is now a small icon of the shimeji shortcut.  Click it, and you will see a drop box of various commands in japanese.
here is what they say in order, in English, and what they do:
"Add one" - Click this and one more Shimeji will appear. The more times you click it, the more Shimejis you get.
"Come here!" - All of the Shimeji will run over to your mouse and follow it, and most likely sit and watch you guide the mouse around. They won't sit there forever, though!
"Leave one left" - If you get too many Shimeji on your screen, click this option and it will leave you with only one left.
"Bring back my IE windows!" - Sometimes a Shimeji will try to take your minimized windows away [although it doesn't happen too much]. Click this option to get it back. Take note that they won't be able to steal enlarged windows.
"Bye bye" - Click this to log it off.


Enjoy your shimeji!  You can switch shimeji characters at any time simply by following the steps above under 'Transferring Documents'.

Shimeji used to be strictly for Windows, but not anymore!  Mac users can now take part in the fun :>  

Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?  I'll be happy to try to reply or answer to the best of my ability.  

Finally, a tutorial guide for Mac Users to get their own Shimeji!

No need for downloading wine, or other windows installation programs that can cost you money, take up space, or slow down your Mac.

Through these steps, I will walk you through how to convert a Windows Shimeji to work on your Mac, and try to answer any questions you may have.

I will not answer any questions that can be answered from reading the tutorial.

If I have not answered your question, it means that your answer is already in the tutorial. 

I am not a programmer, nor did I develop the template for a Mac Shimeji. If there are issues with a shimeji's specific coding or runtime errors, I CANNOT HELP.

:new::new::new: The Mac Template is no longer being updated.  I cannot assist you if shimeji no longer functions on your updated iOS system. :new::new::new:

Check out a slightly different tutorial on how to use a shimeji on a Mac through video:
lalala00000007 -…
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Ask-Foxina Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Student Artist
Guys, found another one.… Here.
Lollipop-Master Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn't download ;_____;
Ask-Foxina Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Student Artist
Lollipop-Master Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!! ;o;
Ask-Foxina Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Student Artist
You're welcome! Always happy to help ^w^
Lollipop-Master Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really, I love it! :D
Ask-Foxina Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  New member Student Artist
Glad you're happy! :D
PegasisterFireboom Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist



You're welcome and have a nice day ^^
Ask-Foxina Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  New member Student Artist
What can I do after downloading? I dunno what to do. ^ Q . Q ^

Edit: Nevermind.
dreamless-night-sky Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks. - w - v life savior.
ccucco Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this link is already within the tutorial.  
Miri-Art Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The link doesn't work anymoreTTATT
sugaryday Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
ehhh my mac is 10.10.. O A O)///

i shall try anyway
Ask-Foxina Featured By Owner 16 hours ago  New member Student Artist
sugaryday Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  New member Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the link, but the file is damaged. ;-;
Ask-Foxina Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  New member Student Artist
Go to the Security and Privacy. > And than click in the "General" sign in the Security and Privacy. (use your password first) > Turn it on.
Lollipop-Master Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did it worked? If so... Can you give me via something that file of shimeji? I can't download it D:>
sugaryday Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
Aha, unfortunately, it didn't work for me. :( 
I've been searching around for more ways, but most say that it only works for Windows.. Or Mac with older versions. 
Lollipop-Master Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah.. ;___;
I really want one... But whatever... Thanks though : )
Itzcc Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014

I am pretty sure Shimejis aren't compatible with Mac anymore. You can only download them on mad, since the template isn't running anymore.

I was very disappointed because I was looking forward to a Russia buddy, but that is something I felt the need to announce. Thank you, (I am NOT The Admin of this account, I was just tellingg you that it probably won't work from Mac. Darn you Apple!!!!)
Invader-Tuv Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
exactly which download button am i supposed to click there are like 7
Rina55 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
umm, I have one problem, my little levi doesn't have a shadow…but he has some sort of a weird see-through outline of another shimeji, I don't know what it is though, if you need a pic here it is:…
CoralineTan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
The link is not working!!!!! T_T
SnowHarmony Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can I have 10.8.5?
NowImEverywhere Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
I've followed the steps up to "Under Software" i can't seem to find it. all I see is Overview, Displays, Storage, Memory, Support and Service. HALP!
NowImEverywhere Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Iluvshadow-kun Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Artist
is 10.6.8 near close to 10.5 to 10.8? 
AlfredFabJones Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AlfredFabJones Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rina55 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nevermind I'm just as stupid XD found it
Rina55 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
XD I am also stupid, could you tell me how to turn them off?
xClerithFan1x Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
the shimeji is too short I can only see his head! I feel bad cause i want to see all of him… (my dock is already on the side)
Flicker55990 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student General Artist
The link for the Mac template isn't working for me ^^' I'm gonna try to just do a regular download, but idek if that works or not
Kazunah Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm probably blind, but can I have the link to where I can download the program? ( Not the Shimeji character, as in the actual thing that makes it work)
TheOtaku-InTheCorner Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Um... Where is the "Universal Access" ?  I cant seem to find it.
Cold-Sesshy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Ty finally my shimeji is working, the only problem is that  he's too short I can only see his hair because of the bar in the bottom, any suggestions? 
Flazilla Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I put the dock in the left side of my screen ; v ;
You can put it in either left or right side to see it good at the bottom but you will not see it clearly when it will climb on the side you have put the dock this time ; m ;
I don't think there's another solution to that :/
Cold-Sesshy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist
Ok ty very much n___n
XxHetalianAtHeartxX Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
uh i downloaded it, but the shimejis keep spawning, and they won't go away. (i have been right clicking, but when i do that it only picks up the shimeji)
BloodLily16 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I went to the page for the template, but it says that it isn't being maintained anymore and won't let me download!
ccucco Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it is no longer available on the website.

The template can be found here:…
BloodLily16 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have to have a social network account to download?
BloodLily16 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Kay, thanks.
SkyeTheDreamer Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wait... where the shimeji for mac? I can't find the link!
SkyeTheDreamer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
ok nevermind, finally... 
TheEeveePie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Thank you for making this!!
ichinosetokiya1200 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
if u get da java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: input = = null error
den uve probably renamed da whole file or somethin in da blank guy folder
tdragonexo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
there is no universal access thing on my mac and when i allow the JavaApplicationStub access to my computer it still doesnt do anything SOMEON PLZ HELP SO I CAN LET MY SHIMEJI CLIMB WINDOWS
Hyperum Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
I have that problem too.
Just go an ask some Apple officials ;)
Yeah, im also wondering why seleceting JAS is not doin anything t.t

Anyone else havin this trouble?
ash-podsolnechnik Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why can't my shimeji climb my windows? they are so cute, but I feel bad, because they might get bored if they only have the sides to climb and nothing to play with...
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