I just found a way to convert into hiragana on Japanese keyboard using F6, but the F6 key is used to change the illumination of the keyboard in default.

But since my MacBook does not have any illumination, it is of no use, and rather want to use it as a conversion on the Japanese keyboard.

Is it possible to enable it, withouth keyboard hacking software like Karabiner? Or is it only on some specific models of Macs? I use High Sierra on 2017 MacBook.

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You can enable Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys under System Preferences app → Keyboard → Keyboard, as shown:

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  • Thanks. Why is your keyboard monochrome...?
    – Blaszard
    Apr 28, 2018 at 10:22
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    It isn't monochrome, it so happens that there aren't any other colours in this window. The window looks monochrome as I have turned on Graphite appearance (System Preferences app → General) and have increased contrast (System Preferences app → Accessibility → Display).
    – Nimesh Neema
    Apr 28, 2018 at 10:24

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