日本語の名詞

Japanese Nouns

Jump Directly To:

When learning another language its helpful to have vocabulary lists to study from. This section will provide lists of Japanese nouns categorized by subject to aid in building a more expansive vocabulary. This is not an exhaustive list. Its purpose is to provide a broad sampling of Japanese nouns for study. If there are specific words you wish to learn that are not on the list consult a English-Japanese, Japanese-English dictionary, or try an online dictionary such as ALC or Goo. While reviewing the lists, take notice of the following characteristics of Japanese nouns:

An Overview of Japanese Nouns

Japanese nouns generally exhibit three noteworthy characteristics:
  1. They have no gender (masculine, feminine, etc.)
  2. They have no case by themselves (normative, vocative, etc.)
  3. There is no distinction between singular and plural for the most part. Exceptions:
    1. The suffix - 達 (-tachi) to make the noun plural [i.e. 私たち (watashitachi, we), 子供達 (kodomotachi, children)].
    2. Repetition of the same noun to make the noun plural [i.e. 人々 (hitobito, people), 日々 (hibi, day after day), 島々 (shimajima, islands)].
Japanese nouns have various forms. Some examples include:
  1. True nouns [i.e. 本 (hon, book), 名誉 (meiyo, honor), 三 (san, three)]
  2. Copular nouns turned into abstract nouns by using -sa [i.e. 暖かさ (atatakasa, warmth), 便利さ (benrisa, convenience)]
  3. Nouns derived from other parts of speech [i.e. 考え(kangae, thought), 美しさ (utsukushisa, beauty), 遠く (touku, distance), 赤 (aka, red)]
  4. Compound nouns, often derived from other parts of speech [i.e. 食べ過ぎ(tabesugi, overeating), 食べ物 (tabemono, food), 飛び込み (tobikomi, dive)]
  5. Foreign loan words [i.e. ズボン (zubon, pants), レンジ (renji, range), アーモンド (aamondo, almond)]

Categorized Japanese Noun Lists

Don't get overwhelmed by the size of this list if you are just starting your study of the Japanese language. While the average Japanese person would know most all of the following nouns, they probably would not know the kanji for many of them. The reason for this is that kanji is not often used for some Japanese words [i.e. トンボ (蜻蛉, dragonfly), カカト (踵, heel)] in modern Japanese literature. Even so, the following lists provide the kanji (when possible) for these words as well so that advanced students may recognize them when they do appear. The frequency of kanji use depends on the word and on the date the literature was printed, so it is left to the student to recognize when kanji is commonly used in modern Japanese literature and when it is not.

Please note that many additional lists are nested within the following list. For example within the "Leisure" list you will find links to further lists for "Sports" and "Music," which in turn have further lists nested within them. Commas (,) serve to separate multiple translations. A forward slash (/) serves to separate words that are similar or redundant enough to be included on the same line but are actually quite unique to each other and not simply another way of saying the same word.


Categorized Japanese Noun Lists
動物 Animals どうぶつ
服飾 Clothing & Accessories ふくしょく
色と模様 Color & Pattern いろともよう
  Computer コンピューター
文化 Culture ぶんか
方向と助数詞 Directions & Counters ほうこうとじょすうし
教育 Education きょういく
雇用 Employment こよう
家族 Family かぞく
飲食物 Food & Drink いんしょくぶつ
健康と衛生 Health & Hygiene けんこうとえいせい
住宅 Housing じゅうたく
人体 Human Body じんたい
余暇 Leisure よか
自然と地形 Nature & Geography しぜんとちけい
代名詞と疑問詞 Pronouns & Interrogatives だいめいしとぎもんし
宗教 Religion しゅうきょう
Time とき
道具 Tools どうぐ
交通、輸送 Transportation こうつう、ゆそう
宇宙 Universe, Space うちゅう


ホーム  平仮名と片仮名  日本語の名詞  日本語の助詞  だ/です
ある/ いる  形容詞の変化  動詞の変化  漢字辞典  日本語クイズ

This page and all content is ©1998-2014 Scott Lyons. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Validation: XHTML CSS