20+ Easy Household Items Vocabulary In Japanese

Household Items Vocabulary In Japanese

Anyone who wants to learn Japanese will eventually chance upon this list of household items vocabulary in Japanese! Today’s article is a lesson on the common household items that one may find in a typical Japanese home. We’ll learn all about what kind of furniture is at play, describe how each room is treated in Japan, and whether every house has a washing machine in it or not.

We’ll also be providing lists of words along with their kanji, pronunciation, and more. And don’t worry – we’ll make sure none of this will be challenging to understand! 勉強しましょう! (Let’s study!)

Learning The Home In The Japanese Language, One Room At A Time

Common Items In Japanese Bathrooms

If you’ve ever been online, you’ve probably seen pictures of Japanese bathrooms. They look very different from Western bathrooms and for good reason. Japanese people have a different approach to bathing, and their bathrooms are designed to reflect that.

Japanese bathrooms typically have separate toilet, sink, shower, and bath areas. Another thing that stands out in Japanese bathrooms is washlet toilets – a toilet with a built-in bidet. They’re very popular in Japan and becoming increasingly popular in other parts of the world. Sometimes, a washing machine may be present, but smaller apartments tend to do their laundry elsewhere.

One of the most essential aspects of Japanese bathing culture is the long, relaxing bath. Japanese people believe a long bath is a great way to relax and de-stress after a long day. Some Japanese homes have a full ofuro, which is a large, wooden bathtub filled with hot water. For those that don’t, there are public bathhouses that provide this service.

Check out some of these words for common household items found in a Japanese bathroom!

EnglishJapaneseRomajiPronunciation
Toilet paperトイレットペーパー toiretto pēpā 
Soap石鹸 (せっけん)sekken
Shampooシャンプー shampū
Conditionerコンディショナー kondishonā
Toothbrush歯ブラシ (はぶらし)haburashi
Toothpaste歯磨き粉 (はみがきこ)hamigakiko
Razorカミソリ kamisori
Mirror鏡 (かがみ)kagami
Bathroom slipper 便所スリッパ benjo surippah
Bidet (washlet) ウォシュレット woshuretto
Bathtub お風呂ofuro

Common Household Items In Japanese Kitchens

The typical Japanese kitchen is small and compact, but that’s not to say they aren’t very functional and efficient! Japanese kitchens are designed with wabi-sabi (侘寂) – the acceptance of transience and imperfection. You may see this in how some kitchens are designed with natural materials and are kept minimal in appearance. This also helps make cleaning a breeze!

It does, however, share a lot in common with a kitchen in any other part of the world! Check out some of the most common words for household items in a typical Japanese kitchen.

EnglishJapaneseRomajiPronunciation
Rice cooker炊飯器 (すいはんき )suihanki
Microwave電子レンジ (でんしれんじ)denshi renji
Stoveコンロkonro
Ovenオーブン ōbun
Refrigerator冷蔵庫 (れいぞうこ)reizōko
Dishwasher食器洗い機 (しょっきあらいき)shokki araiki
Sink流し (ながし)nagashi
Teacups 茶碗 (ちゃわん) chawan
Cabinetsキャビネットkyabinetto
Dishesお皿 (おさら)osara
Glassesグラス gurasu
Silverware食器 (しょっき)shokki
Teapot急須 (きゅうす)kyūsu
Sake set日本酒セット (にほんしゅセット)nihonshu setto
Rice paddle炊き箸 (たきばし)takibashi
Sushi rolling mat巻き簾 makisu
Chef’s knife牛刀 ぎゅうとう gyūtō

Things You’d Find In A Japanese Living Room

In a Japanese-style household, living rooms are typically small, tatami-floored rooms. They are communal spaces where families can watch TV, do their homework or remote work, or just kick back and relax.

Often, living rooms are furnished sparsely. As tatami is pretty soft to sit on, Japanese-style living rooms usually have a low table with cushions. In the cold months, they may take out their kotatsu – a unique heater for those low tables, to keep warm.

Check out the new words you can add to your Japanese vocabulary in this list!

EnglishJapaneseRomajiPronunciation
Couchソファsofa
Coffee tableコーヒーテーブル kōhī tēburu
TVテレビterebi
Lampランプ ranpu
Bookshelf本棚 (ほんだな)hondana
Vase花瓶 (かびん)kabin
Picture frames写真立て (しゃしんたて)shashintate
Rugラグragu
Tatami mats (traditional Japanese flooring)畳 (たたみ)tatami
Shoji (sliding doors made of wood and rice paper)障子 (しょうじ)shōji
Futon布団 (ふとん)futon
Kotatsu 炬燵 (こたつ)kotatsu
living room items in japanese

Words For Bedroom Furniture In Japanese

In Japanese houses, the bedroom is likely the coziest place in the house. A real Japanese-style room will have tatami flooring and a futon to sleep on. However, more modern Japanese houses and apartments adopt a bedroom setup much like you’d find in your own house.

An example of this would be a bed, which has become more common in metropolitan areas in Japan. However, that’s not to say we don’t have more words for you to learn about common items in a Japanese bedroom!

EnglishJapaneseRomajiPronunciation
Bedベッド beddo
Dresserタンス tansu
Nightstand夜台 (よだい)yodai
Desk机 (つくえ )tsukue
Lampランプ ranpu
Mattressマットレス mattoresu
Box springボックススプリングbokkusu supuringu
Headboardヘッドボード heddobōdo
Sheetsシーツ shītsu
Blankets毛布 (もうふ)mōfu
Pillows枕 (まくら)makura
Duvet cover掛け布団カバー (かけぶとんかばー)kake futon kabā
Curtainsカーテンkāten

Home Office Supplies And Similar Items In Japanese

You likely won’t find an entire room in a house dedicated to a home office in a Japanese home. Homes are smaller than in most countries, and often there isn’t enough space for a dedicated home office.

However, the rise of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has led many Japanese people to build their own home offices! Check out these words in the Japanese language that may be found in a typical home office:

EnglishJapaneseRomajiPronunciation
Desk机 (つくえ)tsukue
Chair椅子 (いす)isu
File cabinetファイルキャビネット fairu kyabinetto
Computerコンピューターkonpyūtā
Printer プリンターpurintā
Scannerスキャナーsukyanā
Paper紙 (かみ)kami
Pensペンpen
Pencils鉛筆 (えんぴつ)enpitsu
Highlighters 蛍光ペン(けいこうペン)keikō pen
Staplerホッチキスhocchikisu
Scissorsハサミhasami

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