Nihonshock Japanese Vocab Bank
Here, you will have easy access to all past our spotlight vocabulary words. This is a new area of the website so please excuse it for being a little rough around the edges, I'll be upgrading it as necessary.
だいごみ [daigomi] – This word refers to the most interesting/pleasurable/thrilling thing in some category. The word 醍醐 comes from…[Read More]
べつばら [betsubara] is your “separate stomach.” Specifically, it’s the (imaginary) one where you always seem to have room for dessert even after a big dinner.[Read More]
さっぷうけい [sappuukei] – A bland or uninspiring environment. 風景 [fuukei] is the word for a scene or view of somewhere.[Read More]
なつばて [natsubate] – Something about the 38℃ days just makes you tired, you know. In Japanese, that fatigue is called 夏バテ.[Read More]
てじな [tejina] – ‘Hand’ (手) plus ‘wares’ (品) gives us the Japanese word for sleight-of-hand. The word 奇術 [kijutsu] is typically used for…[Read More]
てんけい [tenkei] – A divine revelation.
Not simply messages from God (which are actually pretty uncommon, I hear)…[Read More]
つわり [tsuwari] – This ominous combination of kanji (evil 悪 and obstruction 阻) gives us the word for morning sickness (the early pregnancy symptom).[Read More]
はらいせ [haraise] – Literally, “soothing the stomach”. This expression refers to taking your anger out on something. In a strict definition…[Read More]
おんのじ [on no ji] – This phrase describes something you’re so grateful for that it makes you want to use the honorific character 御. In other words…[Read More]
どたんば [dotanba] – Means, “at the last moment” or “in a very dire situation.” In the Edo period, criminals sentenced to decapitation were made to…[Read More]