Cool Japanese Words

The Japanese language may seem difficult to understand, especially if those fluent in it are saying them at speeds that could break the sound barrier, but with a little basic understanding are not so hard to read. Japanese words are based on the same vowels as English; A, E, I, O and U. The pronunciations are different however:

  • A is like the sound in father; or ah
  • E is a soft sound as in set; or eh
  • I is like the long E in English; as in he or we
  • O is pretty much like it looks; OH as in polo
  • U is pronounced with no forward lip movement as in put

Other tips about the Japanese language: N is the only consonant sound that stands alone, most others end in a vowel; after a strong accented vowel the pitch falls sharply; there is basically no R or L sound; G is always a hard sound and the combinations of vowels to remember are ai = long I, ei = eh and ou = oh.

Some “cool” Japanese words:

  • Tsuki means Moon
  • Taiyou means Sun
  • Hoshi means Star
  • Sora means Sky
  • Jumon means Magic Spell
  • Neko is Cat
  • Tora is Tiger
  • Ōkami is Wolf
  • Kiki is Crisis
  • Ai is Love
  • Aijin is Lover
  • Junai is pure Love
  • Niji is Rainbow
  • Chikara means Power
  • Bushi means warrior
  • Ichiban means Number one
  • Bara means Rose
  • Chiizu is Smile (when taking someones picture)
  • Kokoro no tomo means soul mate
  • Koibito means Sweetheart
  • Otto is Husband
  • Tsuma is Wife

Interesting and definitely cool Japanese phrases include:

Suki? After another word means do you like? Example: Karaoke, Suki?

Genki means “how are you?” in greeting, but can be taken literally, slangly or just spoken with a lively or energetic feel. The formal phrase is “O genki desu ka?” and the answer can be “genki desu.”

If someone is competing in a sport or competition, the word “ganbatte!” means keep going; go for it and shouts encouragement.

Honto literally means really; but with different inflection could be really? Or really!

Bonus Japanese phrase, to be used with caution: “Bakku-Shan.” The Japanese, having a good sense of humor and also a good appreciation for beauty have this phrase to mean “a beautiful girl as seen from behind.”


Thank you

Thank you - arigato gozaimasu (ありがとございます。)

Hiragana Alphabet

Hiragana Chart:

a - あ i - い u - う e - え o - お
ka - か ki - き ku - く ke - け ko - こ
sa - さ shi - し su - す se - せ so - そ
ta - た chi - ち tsu - つ te - て to - と
na - な ni - に nu - ぬ ne - ね no - の
ha - は hi - ひ hu - ふ he - へ ho - ほ
ma - ま mi - み mu - む me - め mo - も
ya - や yu - ゆ yo - よ
ra - ら ri - り ru - る re - れ ro - ろ
wa - わ wo - を
n - ん

Combination sounds:

ga - が gi - ぎ gu - ぐ ge - げ go - ご
za - ざ ji - じ zu - ず ze - ぜ zo - ぞ
da - だ ji - ぢ zu - づ de - で do - ど
ba - ば bi - び bu - ぶ be - べ bo - ぼ
pa - ぱ pi - ぴ pu - ぷ pe - ぺ po - ぽ

kya - きゃ kyu - きゅ kyo - きょ
gya - ぎゃ gyu - ぎゅ gyo - ぎょ
sha - しゃ shu - しゅ sho - しょ
jya/ja - じゃ jyu/ju - じゅ jyo/jo - じょ
cha - ちゃ chu - ちゅ cho - ちょ
nya - にゃ nyu - にゅ nyo - にょ
hya - ひゃ hyu - ひゅ hyo - ひょ
bya - びゃ byu - びゅ byo - びょ
pya - ぴゃ pyu - ぴゅ pyo - ぴょ
mya -みゃ myu - みゅ myo - みょ
rya - りゃ ryu - りゅ ryo - りょ

It's a name though...

Kotone - The sound of a Koto, which is a Japanese harp.

As seen in Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's single

mondai means problem or problematic

A couple more of my favorites

Oishii - おいしい - delicious
Sugoi - すごい - awesome

KAWAII is cute

Kawaii or かわいい mean cute!

Kawaii means tiny

Kawaii actually means tiny it only means cute when it is kawaii desu

Tsuki 月 Taiyou

Tsuki 月
Taiyou 太陽
Hoshi 星
Sora 空
Jumon 呪文
Neko 猫
Tora 虎
Okami 狼
Kiki 危機
Ai 愛
Aijin 愛人
Junai 純愛
Niji 虹
chikara 力
Bushi 武士
Ichiban 一番
Bara 薔薇
Kokoro 心
Koibito 恋人
Otto 夫
Tsuma 妻


kitsune- is fox

doki doki- means nervous/exited and is ment to be the sound of the heart beating

Be careful

Aijin means bedmate in ordinary conversation.
Koibito means lover.
kanojyo means girl friend,and Kareshi means boy friend.
But be careful, Kanojyo also means "she"

Kokoro - Heart

Kokoro - Heart

miss yoia

you forgot yoia and yuri ;]

its yaoi :/

its yaoi :/

That is yaoi not yoia

That is yaoi not yoia


He probably meant Yayoi :D

You sure?

He wouldn't be winking if he meant Yayoi.

Thank you!

This is a very useful tool! thanks for sharing.

One English word

Note that 'Chiizu' from the list is not 'smile' and not a Japense word. Its a transliteration of the English word 'cheese' and borrowed directly from the English practice of saying 'cheese' when taking a photo.


There can also be another way of saying it, as chizu, meaning map.

or chiizu can mean cheese.

or chiizu can mean cheese.

Japanese Romanji Words

Hikari - Light
Hibiki - Echo
Akarui - Bright, cheerful, etc.
Kanaderu - To play/Preform a instrument
Doitsu - Germany


kakoii - cool
inori - prayer
misaki - frgrance
midori - green
akai - red
shiro - white
kuro - black
ichigo - strawberry
Satsuki - old japanese for the month of May
Yayoi - old japanese for March



this iz su fern oh me gerd

this iz su fern oh me gerd


sean owens

nyahh japanese words ! ♦

Kawaii- cute
Baka- stupid/idiot

Thank you, Sensei.

Sensei - Teacher

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