Body Parts In Japanese: Learn 50+ Basic Words

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You never know what could happen to you on a trip to Japan. Imagine you feel sick, or you somehow hurt your body (God forbid!). You go straight to the hospital, but hey, you’re in Japan and there is a huge language barrier, remember? Most Japanese doctors and nurses don’t speak English or any other language than Japanese.

In that case, you’ll be glad to know the words related to body parts in Japanese. So that you can express yourself in the health context by explaining what’s wrong with your body at a basic level.

So, in this blog post, we’ll cover different body parts in the Japanese language. Keep reading!

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How Do You Say “Body” In Japanese?

There are three different words you can use to say body in Japanese. They may look like the same word in terms of meaning, but there are some tiny nuances. Let’s see what they are!

体 (Karada)

This is the most common way of saying “body” in Japanese. It refers to both animal and human bodies. You can use 体からだ (karada) to refer to a body in any situation, just to be safe!

身体 (Shintai)

This one is a bit more formal. For example, a full-body checkup at a doctor is called 身体検査し (shintai kensa). Unlike karada, it only refers to the human body.

身み (Mimi)

身み (mimi) refers to the internal body, and you can also use it to talk about your consciousness. So this word doesn’t really mean your physical body but rather your inner self.

Body Parts In Japanese

After learning how to refer to your body in general, let’s learn the words for body parts in Japanese. We provide you with full vocabulary lists with an English translation and romaji for each word below.

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Head

Here’s the vocabulary list for body parts that are on your head.

EnglishJapaneseRomajiSound
HeadAtama
HairKami
EarMimi
FaceKao
ForeheadHitai
EyeMe
EyelidまぶたMabuta
Eyelashまつ毛Matsuge
Eyebrow眉毛Mayuge
NoseHana
Nostril鼻の穴Hana no ana
BeardHige
MouthKuchi
TeethHa
TongueShita
LipsKuchibiru
CheekHoho
ChinAgo
NeckKubi
ThroatNodo

Upper Body Parts

Here’s the vocabulary list for body parts that are on your upper body.

EnglishJapaneseRomajiSound
Upper body上半身Jouhanshin
ChestMune
StomachHara
ShoulderKata
Back背中Senaka
ArmUde
ElbowHiji
Wrist手首Tekubi
HandTe
FingerYubi
Thumb親指Oya yubi
Pointer finger人差指Hitosashi yubi
Middle finger中指Naka yubi
Fourth finger薬指Kusuri yubi
Little finger小指Koyubi
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Lower Body Parts

This is the vocabulary for body parts on your lower body.

EnglishJapaneseRomajiSound
Lower bodyかはんしんKahanshin
HipsKoshi
Buttお尻Oshiri
FeetAshi
Thigh太腿Futomomo
KneesHiza
Ankle足首Ashikubi
HeelKakato
Toesつま先Tsumasaki

Internal Body Parts

Here’s the vocabulary list for internal body parts.

EnglishJapaneseRomajiSound
Internal organsないぞうNaizou
Small intestine小腸Shouchou
LungsHai
Heart心臓Shinzou
BoneHone
Muscle筋肉Kinniku
BrainNou
Liver肝臓Kanzou
Kidney腎臓Jinzou
Pancreas膵臓Suizou
BloodChi
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Related Japanese Phrases You Need To Know

Here are some useful phrases that you can use when you see a doctor. If you have a health problem try to explain yourself with the phrases below. This will help you have a better conversation with the Japanese doctor.

EnglishJapaneseRomajiSound
My hip hurts.腰こしが痛いたむKoshi ga itamu
My body feels heavy.体からだが重おもいKarada ga omoi
My eyes feel tired.目めが疲つかれるMe ga tsukareru
Take care of your body.お体からだに気きをつけてください。Okarada ni ki o tsukete kudasai
My finger’s bleeding.指から血が出ています。Yubi kara chi ga dete imasu.
My muscles are sore.筋肉痛です。Kinnikutsū desu.
My skin itches.肌がかゆいです。Hada ga kayui desu.
My back hurts.背中が痛いです。Senaka ga itai desu.
I have pain in my legs when it rains雨が降ると、脚が痛みます。Ame ga furu to, ashi ga itamimasu.

From now on, you know how to explain yourself at the doctor’s in Japanese. But what about other situations? If you want to be able to express yourself at the restaurant, at the cafe, or in the streets while asking for directions; start using Ling today!

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