Rurouni Kenshin Vocab

Minna-san, after a couple of requests, I have resulted to adding this vocabulary page. I hope that this will be helpful when you read the fanfics. And, I apologize for the great confusion I might have caused.

Gomen nasai!!

You can easily find these and other words at this online dictionary: Japanese wordlist


ahou - "dumbass"
aishiteru - "I love you" intimate form
ai suru - "to love"
ame - "rain"
anata - "you", or used by married couples to refer to each other
ano - stammering ("uh,um") or particle, "that"
ie: "ano baka"
anta - variation of "anata"
arigatou gozaimasu - "thank you" , polite form
ashita - "tomorrow"
atashi - "I", commonly used by girls and younger kids


baka / boke - "idiot", "stupid", "moron"
boku - "I", used by males
bokken - training (wooden)sword
busu - "ugly"


-chan - title used usually for younger or children, or loved ones, a term of endearment. can mean "little" or "dear"
chigao - "wrong", "false"


da - "to be" plain form
daga - "but" / rough sounding
daijoubu - "safe", "okay", "all right"
dakara- "because"
dakedo - "however"
dame - "stop", "(you) mustn't"
dare - "who"
dareka - "someone"
datte - "because"
de - common particle, indicaties indirect object or by means of, "by" "or" "for" "at"
demo - "but"
de gozaru - "to be" very polite form
desu - "to be" polite form
dewa - "well"
dojo - "training hall"
doko - "where"
-dono - very honorable title and polite; "miss/sir"
doushite - "why", "how"


ecchi - "perverted"
eh- "yes", "good"
eto - "uh, um" stammering


futari - "two of us"
futon - japanese bed, can be folded up and stored away during the day.


ganbatte - "do your best"
ganbarou - "hang in there"
genki - "energenic", "cheerful"
gi - "japanese shirt
gohan - "lunch"


hachi - "eight"
hai -"yes"
hakama - "japanese pants"
hanabi - "fireworks"
' haru - "spring"
hen - "strange", "ununsual"
hentai - "pervert", "vampire"
hikari - "bright"
hito - "person"
honto - "really"


ii - "good"
iie / iya - "no"
ikimasu/iku/ikuze - "to go"
irasshai - "welcome"
itadakimasu - "let's eat", "bon appetite"
itai - "ow"; sound of pain
itoshii hito - "special person"
itsuka - "someday"
itsumo - "always"


jaa - "well", "then"
jaa matte/nee - "see you later", "until then"
jotto - "wait", "hold on"
jou-chan - "little girl", "missy"


ka - question marker; ie. "daijoubu ka?"
kami - "god"
katana - "japanese sword"
kaoru - "sweet smelling", "to be fragrant"
kaze - "wind"
kendo - "japanese fencing"
kenji - "hold on to"
kenjutsu - "swordsmanship"
kenkaku - "swordsman"
kenki - "fighting spirit"
kenshin - "dedication"
kimi - "you", less formal, more authorative
kimi-tachi - "you guys"
kimono - "japanese clothing"
kirei (na) - "pure", "pretty"
ki-sama - "bastard"; used to be honorific title for elite, but was tarnished into bad language.
kitsune - "fox"
koishii - "dearest", "beloved"
kokoro - "heart", "soul"
konbawa - "good evening"
konichiwa - "hello", "good afternoon"
kowaii - "scary"
-kun - title used for peers of lesser in rank. also used among friends


makoto - "truth"
manjuu - japanese pastries; a rice flour steamed bun with filling (mung beans, chocolate, etc)
masaka - "it can't be", "no way"
megami - "goddess"
minna - "everyone"
mo - "also", "too"
mou - "geez", "gawd"
musume - "girl" / "daughter"


nani / nan - "what"
nan de/ naze - "why", "what for"
ne - "right?", "hey!"
nee-chan - "sister", "honey", "sweetie"
ni - "for", "in", "at" / common particle
nihon / nippon - "Japan"
nishiki e - "drawings on rice paper"
no - common particle; "of", "containing the characteristics of --"; ie. 'Kenshin no baka'


obasan - "aunt" or "old lady"
obaasan - "grandmother"
ohayou gozaimasu - "good morning"
oi - "hey!"
oishii - "delicious"
okaeri nasai - "welcome back"
okaa-san - "mother"
ojisan - "uncle" or "old man"
ojii-san - "grandfather
omedetou - "congratulations"
omoshiroi - "interesting"
onegaishimasu - "please", "I'm asking/begging you"
oniisan - "big brother", "mister"
onsen - "japanese bath"
oonna - "woman"
ootou - "man"
ore - "I", commonly used by males; very masculine and tough
oro - used when surprised or in pain, "eh?", "ow!", etc
otousan - "father"
oyasumi nasai - "good night", "sweet dreams"


saa - "c'mon"
sake - "rice wine"
sakabatou - "reversed blade sword"
sakuseigijutsu - "implementing technique"
-sama - "lord" or "master/mistress"; title used for someone higher in rank than you, or someone you really admire
-san - formal title; "Mr.", or "Miss"; most commonly used
sayo - "agreement"
sayonara - "good-bye"; used for prolonged or pernament partings
senjou - "battle", also "cleaning" -_-;;
sensei - "doctor", "teacher"
sessha - "I", lit. "this unworthy one"
shikashi - "however"
shinai - "wooden sword", also lit. "cannot do"
shitekii - "cool", "attractive"
shisho - "master"
shitsureishimasu - "I'm being rude", "I'm leaving/entering a room"
shizuka - "quiet"
sou - "so", "true"
soushite - "also"
suki - "love"
suman / sumimasen - "excuse me", "forgive me", "sorry"


tadaima - "I'm home"
tanjoubi - "birthday"
tanoshii - "fun"
tanuki - "racoon dog"
tegami - "letter"
teme - "damn you", "bastard"
teruterubozu - paper ghosts people hang to ward off rainy weather; popular for Tanabata
tetsu - "iron"
toki - "time"
tomodachi - "friend"
tonikaku - "at any rate", "regardless"
tori - "bird"; 'tori atama' = 'rooster head'


uhn (intonation going up) - "yes"
uhn (intonation going down) - "no"
usou - "liar", "no way"


wa - particle, "pretaining the characterists of... "
wakarimashita - "to understand/know"
wakarinai/wakarimasen - "not understand/know"
watashi - "I", most commonly used by women, and men who wish to be also formal


ya - various meanings. sentence ender, "y'know", or greeting, "hi!"
yatta - "yay!" or "hurray!"
yo - "hey!" "g'morning" (shorten form of 'ohayou'); also at end of sentence means - "y'know"
yoru - "night"
yossha / yosshi - "all right!"
yuki - "snow"
yukata - "robe", "night clothing"
yakuso / kuso / chikuso - "shit", "dammit"
yakusoku - "promise"
yamero/yamette - "stop"
yarou/yatsu - vulgar referencing, maybe "asshole", "jerk" or "this person/&*&#*&"
yatta / yokatta - "good (for you)", "lucky (you)", "(I'm) glad"
yoroshiku onegaishimasu - greeting; lit. "please take care of me"

Feel free to request a word. I'll add it up right away, if I figure it out myself. You are listening to Finkl's "Boyfriend". Jaa nee! ~ Jill