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Q: What is Shimeji?

A: Shimeji is a program for windows 2000 and vista, that is basically like your average desktop sitter, or that old purple monkey from the older version's if windows, minus the whole "Rogue adware" thing. They come in all sorts of skin's, its most commonly japanese skins, but recently boards like 4chan have found it, and began crafting skins for it. It's same as BONZIBuddy or sheep.exe, except it's customisable; yes, you can download packs that allow for your favourite characters to walk/climb/be generally cute on your screen.

Q: Why is it called Shimeji?

A: It references to a japanese mushroom, saying like they duplicate like japanese mushrooms.

Q:What do they do?

A: Once you run the program, a icon will appear on your toolbar, diffrent icon's for diffrent skins, usually. As they fall from the top of your screen, they will usually stand up and walk around a bit. For a minute or two they may stand still for a second to call apon coding, then they will wander around your desktop, sometimes sitting down to relax, or climbing along your monitor sides.

Q: Anything amazing?

A: Well, the thing is programmed to be able to climb on windows, and on occasion. Pull them to the point where they can throw it offscreen. (There is a function to make it return to desktop though.) They can also duplicate themselves freely, but you can just use another function to remove all but one. And no, as far as I know there isnt a way to stop them from duplicating, unless you edit the code.

Q: You said something about skins?

A: Sure did! There are alot of skins that have been released in the past. Some off of comic book heroes, some off of japanese vocaloid stuff. Some off of just meme stuff, like coolface, babby, 4chan stuff.

Q: Does it Work on Mac?

A: Sorry but, no. It does not work on Mac at the moment. It only support Window. The buddy is only scripted for Windows not MAC.

(Also MAC does not have the latest update on Java ) - Anon


Q: Will they ever make one for Mac?

A: I hope they do, but Mac is not supported with this script and so I can’t do anything about it.

Q: Will it work on Window (XP,7,Vista, etc.)

A: Yes, the desktop buddy is only scripted for ALL Windows.

Q: My buddy threw my Window away and I can’t retrieve them! Help?!

A: To retrieve your window back. Go to your task bar and Right Click the icon. Once you have down that, click the 4th option. You’re window will be back to normal.

Q: My buddy just sits around & doesn’t do anything.. Is it normal?

A: Yes it is normal. It’s randomly scripted that way.. You CAN throw them around the desktop. They randomly do whatever they want. Please don’t complain about it Or say something is wrong.. Like I said.. It’s randomly scripted.

Q: How come my buddy doesn’t throw any windows?

A: Like I said, It’s randomly scripted... You must have your window into a little window and do not make them full screen. The buddy do whatever they want.. PLEASE DON’T COMPLAIN THAT IT DOESN’T WORK. Because it does. It takes a long time to do that.

Q: Can I have 2 or more buddies at the same time?

A: Yes you can. Any buddy of your choice can be at the same time.

Q: It doesn’t work, help?  

A: If it doesn’t work, you might click the wrong app? Because there is 2 different types.  It either has  Shimeji  or  ClickMe.   If it does have a ‘ClickMe’ please do so to click that. If not, click Shimeji.exe.    

Also if you didn’t extract it, then it won’t work properly. Please extract the file on to you’re destination folder. If you already extracted it, please reconsider to reinstall it.

Other solution; You don’t have the latest Java.. Make sure you download the latest Java go here:…

Q: “So I extracted the folder to the desktop. Clicked on Shimeji there’s a Japanese error? Then I click on ClickMe there are two folders that appear com and META-INF. What should I do? “

A: Well basically , all you have to do is uninstall Winrar.. try using other version of Winrar.. I heard the free trial winrar is messing around with the ClickMe file.

If the ClickMe file does have a 3 folder books icon.. Then you just need to uninstall it. :] not that hard.

Q: How do you reinstall (remove file)?

A: Make sure you exit out the app. To exit, go to your task bar and find the icon(random icons). Right click the icon and click the 5th option (last option). Once you finished, you can delete the files (folder) and try reinstall it again in the tutorial.

Q: How do you remove/close the buddy completely?

A: To exit, go to your taskbar and find the icon(random icons). Right click the icon and click the 5th option (last option). (its on the tutorial for screen shots)

Q: How do you delete multi characters/clones?

A: If the characters multiply rapidly, it’s best to Right Click on the task bar and Click the 3rd option.    

Q: I can’t open .RAR file?!

You need to install Winrar  or in order to open a .rar file.

Q: Does it lag your computer?

A: It depends. We had 1 report that said it lags. It doesn’t usually lag.. Many had multiple on screen and doesn’t lag.  It depends how many memory space you have in your computer. That might of cause it.

Q: Where to download WinRar?

A: To download WinRar go here (… ). I prefer downloading 32 bit just in case your computer is not compatible to 64bit.

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO USE WINRAR, please download this one.


Q: 'I want it too...but it doesn't work on my computer...when I double click the "shimeji.exe" theres a dialog box saying its potentially unsafe file type of .exe.'

A: If you are trying to open the shimeji.exe file and you recieve an error message in Japanese, this should override that error.…

Q: "I have a quick question about making my own Shimeji.
When making these, my friend and I have been having a problem with transparency. When we make the images to replace the template and then transparent it, when it's mirrored to be facing the right (unlike the image in the img folder, which faces left), the transparency stops working and the image loses its color
If we leave the background color white or another color, it stays solid and then both the image and the mirrored work fine, except for the backgrounds of both not being transparent
Do you know how to fix this?"

A: If your program has a magic wand tool, go to whatever layer has the hair colour and use it with 0 tolerance outside the hair. invert selection and exterminate any pixels outside the outline. It seems shimeji doesn't have support for opacity/transparency so if there's even just 1% left of a pixel it'll show up in full force, so use pencil mode on your eraser.

A tip when colouring is also to use the magic wand tool inside the area to be coloured on the layer of the outline (and then change layer) and then use the extend option with 2 or 3 pixels, this should let you avoid ever getting pixel problems.

Q: .ZIP doesn't work, dumbass. How'dya make 'em work? My computer/laptop hates .RAR.

A: WELL, EXCUSE ME, PRINCESS. >.> Ahem. There are two methods.

Okay, if you downloaded the ZIP file and it doesn't work it's most likely because ZIP doesn't conserve the japanese file names for the XML files it needs to work with. So to get it to work you need to rename two files inside the CONF folder.
The one that's 43kb in size should be 動作 and the 10kb one should be 行動.


Get a working Shimeji. Copy all the files except "IMG". Meanwhile, on the non-working shimeji (.ZIP), Delete all files except "IMG" and paste the copied files. If it still doesn't work after you've done that, then I don't know what's wrong. D; Sorry.



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AlSeven Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, so what exactly does a shimeji throw? .3.
Kuroyuki888 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
If I used WinRAR. , and I pressed open , how do I delete it?
MomBound Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist
I have an issue with getting my shimejis to appear. They used to work perfectly before, so I know what to click to get it to boot up, but now when I click it, the shimejis don't come up. The icon in the tool bar at the bottom is there, but the shimeji just does not appear. It's invisible. I even tested it out by shrinking down one of my internet windows and booted up one of the shimejis that I knew can mess with them and it did just that. I have no idea why and I'm too scared to mess with it because I'm afraid of making it worse (I'm not much of a tech-y). Wat du?
Mrs-Tardis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
 I love this. And I personally prefer 7zip for my extracting needs. (Be freeee my chibi OTP unlimited source of entertainment!!!!!)
i know this one is different but does anyone have any clue how to download this one? please and thank you.…
Germany01 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Um, I open Shimegi,.exe. and I have a message that comes up in Japanese telling me to choose either 'no' or 'yes' and 'no' doesn't do anything while 'yes' redirects me to a Japanese site telling me to download java which I know I have. Help moi please~?
ThatofaRose Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there ANY way to get a shimeji to react to another? It's a silly question, but a friend of mine was hoping to get one so that it would occasionally fling the other. WOULD that be possible?
MarrantMutt Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can someone help? It said I need to download the latest version of java. I downloaded java, but the Shimeji still says i need to download it.
Mrs-Tardis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Guys, same thing happened to me, you don't need to keep clicking that, there's something there I found, but it's an exectutable jar file. Don't click the application named Shimiji, click the other one with the java icon. But Java should be there first.
Gypsiqueen Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
I'm having the same problem, did you find out how to fix it?
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