Common Japanese words that you'll see in my journals.
Around the House
Futon: traditional flat Japanese bed.
Tatami: bamboo woven into mats for the floor
Shoji: a paper or glass sliding door
Manshon: (mansion) a highrise building that contains many apartments
Sushi: raw fish with rice, usually served with wasabi and pickled ginger
Sashimi: raw fish without rice, usually with a dipping sauce
Norimaki: rice with fish and/or vegetables rolled in seaweed and sliced.
Onigiri: rice balls stuffed with various things
Maccha: powdered green tea, used for drinking, in tea ceremonies, and for ice cream
Nori: sheets of dry seaweed
Wakame: shredded dry seaweed
Daikon: a large, mild radish
Soba: buckwheat noodles, often served cold
Tenpura: lightly batter fried seafood and vegetables
Udon: thicker noodles,served cold or hot
Sukiyaki: beef, vegetables and shirataki or konnyaku (yam noodles) cooked in a hotpot and dipped in raw egg
Nabe: a hotpot of various things
Nattou: fermented soybeans. I have never had this, and the reviews I hear are mixed.
Miso: soy paste used for cooking
Wasabi: nuclear Japanese horseradish
Sake: rice wine, served hot or cold
Mirin: sweet rice wine for cooking
Around the City
Densha: an above ground train, like the JR trains
Shinkansen: bullet train
Chikatetsu: the subway
Meitetsu: The local train line that runs through Komaki.
Izakaya: A little bar that serves various appetizers
Daimaru: Big Circle A name of a massive chain of department stores that have good restaurants at the top.
Keitai: cel phone. but not just any cel phone; these things take photographs, recieve email, and all sorts of things.
Manga: comic books. These range from mild children's fare to hard core porn. There's a little something for everybody.
Anime: cartoons in both movie and television form. Often based on manga or books, and like manga, they cover the whole spectrum of topics and age groups. Anime in Japan refers to all animation everywhere in the world; Americans use it in reference to Japanese animation only.
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