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Cute and Beautiful Japanese Words You Should Know

Cute and Beautiful Japanese Words You Should Know

Japanese Words You Should Know

Are you interested in learning Japanese? Would you like to learn some cute or beautiful-sounding words and phrases? There are some adorable words like "momo" or peach and "neko" or cat for you to discover. You can also learn beautiful words like "kouyou" which describes when leaves change color in autumn.

You can start by studying hiragana, which will help you develop a firm root for reading Japanese. Hiragana is used to construct sentences around more advanced characters (kanji). Katakana is similar to hiragana, but it is used to express sounds and represent borrowed words from other languages (for example, "pinku" or ピンク, meaning pink). Happy learning!

Cute Japanese Words

Here are some cute Japanese words for you to start learning.

かわいい (kawaii) or Cute

This is one you've probably heard quite a bit: かわいい. Pronounced "kawaii," this popular word means cute. You will want to use it when describing your friend's cute outfit or looking at a cute dog.

きれい (kirei) or Pretty

Kirei is very complimentary and can be used as a nice descriptor. It is often used to address objects or things that you find pretty, like a flower or dress.

くらくら (kurakura) or Dizzy

Kurakura means dizzy. It has a cute sound, although being dizzy is not all that enjoyable.

ときどき (tokidoki) or Sometimes

Tokidoki is fun to say and is commonly used to express "sometimes." When responding to a question, you can answer "tokidoki" playfully.

ねこ (neko) or Cat

Neko is a cute and fun word to pronounce that means "cat" or characteristics of cats. こねこ (koneko) means kitten, which is even more adorable.

にこにこ (nikoniko) or Smile

Nikoniko is a cute word meaning to smile.

あたらしい (atarashii) or New

Atarashii is a cute and fun word to say and means new. It is used to describe anything shiny and new.

たのしい (tanoshi) or Fun

Tanoshii is an expression of excitement and refers to having fun! When someone talks about something that interests you, you can follow up by saying tanoshii!

おいしい (oishii) or Delicious

Oishii means delicious. When you are eating something you absolutely love, whether it's sweet or savory, you can express your delight by saying an enthusiastic "ohishii!"

りんご (ringo) or Apple

Ringo means apple. It's fun to say and is very cute in sound.

もも (momo) or Peach

Momo is a really fun word to say and means "peach." It is kind of endearing in that it works as a cute pet's name or a fun nickname for a friend.

いるす (irusu) or Pretending No One Is Home

Irusu is used to describe the sate of no one being home.

ちいさい (chiisai) or Small

Chiisai is used to describe something small.

Chiisai or Small

Chiisai or Small

ほし (hoshi) or Star

Hoshi refers to a star and is an adorable sounding word.

まごまご (magomago) or Confused

Magomago means confused. Although being confused isn't the best, magomago has a pleasant sound.

ばら (bara)

Bara refers to a rose, a beautiful flower.

みず (mizu)

Mizu is a useful word that is easy to pronounce, meaning water.

ちょっと (chotto)

Chotto means a small amount of something. You might use it to say wait just a little or I only understand a little bit of Japanese.

たまご (tamago)

Tamago is a cute word and a common word for egg. It's fun to say.

Cute Words

JapanesePronunciationEnglish

かわいい

kawaii

cute

きれい

kirei

pretty

くらくら

kurakura

dizzy

ときどき

tokidoki

sometimes

ねこ

neko

cat

にこにこ

nikoniko

smile

あたらしい

atarashii

new

たのしい

tanoshii

fun

おいしい

oishii

delicious

りんご

ringo

apple

もも

momo

peach

いるす

irusu

pretending not to be home

ちいさい

chiisai

small

ほし

hoshi

star

まごまご

magomago

confused

ばら

bara

rose

みず

misu

water

ちょっと

chotto

a little

たまご

tamago

egg

Beautiful Japanese Words and Expressions

Here are some beautiful sounding words for you to start learning.

こもれび (komorebi)

Komorebi is used to describe the beautiful sunlight that appears when shining through leaves on a tree. Whether it's spring, fall, winter, or summer, this sight is a beautiful one.

わびさび (wabisabi)

Wabisabi is an excellent expression that is difficult to capture but is used to describe simple imperfect and elegance in life.

つんどく (tsundoku)

Tsundoku refers to acquiring books and piling books up out of a love/enthusiasm for them (like a bibliophile).

ゆうげん (yugen)

Yugen is used to refer to a deep understanding of the universe, one that moves you emotionally.

しんりん よく (shirinyoku)

Shirinyoku refers to forest bathing, which is the practice of walking through nature or the forest to reduce stress and enhance your health.

ぶれいこう (bureikou)

Bureikou is technically a beautiful word because it means being yourself and being free of pressure to behave a certain way.

こうよう (kouyou)

When leaves change color in Autumn to red or crimson, that is called kouyou in Japanese.

かざはな (kazahana)

Kazahana means snow flurry and is obviously beautiful in nature if you experience one.

Kouyou or leaves changing color in fall.

Kouyou or leaves changing color in fall.

あきらめないで (akiramenaide)

Akiramenaide means "don't give up." It might be used to encourage someone to stay strong.

うきよ (ukiyo)

Ukiyo means the floating world which otherwise refers to the transient world.

こい の よかん (koi no yokan)

Koi no yokan means noting that love is in the future after first meeting—like love at first sight.

いきがい (ikigai)

Ikigai, a reason or the passion to live. Having one's whole heart.

はなふぶき (hanafubuki)

Hanafubuki describes the beautiful scene of cherry blossoms falling like snow.

Ikigai or a passion to live life.

Ikigai or a passion to live life.

Beautiful Words and Phrases

JapanesePronunciationEnglish

こもれび

komorebi

sunlight through leaves on a tree

わびさび

wabisabi

simple, understated, beauty

つんどく

tsundoku

bibliophile

ゆうげん

yugen

deep awareness of the universe

あきらめないで

akiramenaide

don't give up

しんりん よく

shinrin-yoku

forest bathing

ぶれいこう

bureikou

free to be yourself

こうよう

kouyou

leaves changing color

うきよ

ukiyo

the transient world

かざはな

kazahana

snow flurry

こい の よかん

koi no yokan

love at first site

いきがい

ikigai

passion to live

はなふぶき

hanafubuki

cherry blossoms falling like snow

Kazahana or snow flurry.

Kazahana or snow flurry.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Layne Holmes

Comments

Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on September 17, 2020:

Hi Umesh, thanks for reading. I'm glad you find them rhythmic and cute-sounding. I love "Momo" "Neko" "Ringo" "Maru". They are fun to say!

Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on September 17, 2020:

Hi Liz, I'm glad you find this accessible. That means a lot to me. I studied Japanese with a really wonderful teacher who made connection to Japanese language and culture feel really natural, so I get excited to write about it.

Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on September 17, 2020:

Hi Lora, thanks for the nice compliments! I definitely love the Japanese language and some of the beautiful and deep meanings behind the concepts and phrases, unmatched!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 17, 2020:

These are really cute words and so many of them are rythmic also. Nice compilation.

Liz Westwood from UK on September 16, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your knowledge of Japanese with us. Your article opens up this fascinating language for your readers and makes it more accessible. It is so much easier to read these words here than to pick them out in spoken Japanese.

Lora Hollings on September 16, 2020:

What beautiful sounding words with many subtle meanings! The Japanese language in addition to their unique letters is a very descriptive language. I love the meanings of komorebi and bureikou. And wabisabi is also a really cool word. There is a type of design that is called Wabi-Sabi. It is centered on simplicity and imperfection. I really enjoyed your wonderful article, Layne.

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