Discover 100+ Spaceship Vocabulary In Japanese + Favorite Space Animes

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Would you like to express your enthusiasm about space in Japanese? Or enjoy a space anime without subtitles? Then, learn the spaceship vocabulary in Japanese here!

Are you obsessed with astronomy and space? No one can blame you as the universe 宇宙 (uchū) is a magical yet mysterious place. You’ve undoubtedly watched countless documentaries and movies about space, and I bet you know space terms inside out. Why don’t you learn them in the Japanese language as well?

Think about explaining your ideas about space in Japanese! People will find you very interesting with your astronomy knowledge and fluent Japanese! And to do that, you should know space and spaceship vocabulary in Japanese.

I’m going to provide you with a comprehensive Japanese vocabulary list about space and share my favorite space-themed animes with you as a bonus at the end of this blog post!

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JAXA logo - Spaceship Vocabulary In Japanese

 

JAXA: The Japanese Space Program

Before anything else, briefly introducing the Japanese space program, JAXA, would be ideal. JAXA is basically the NASA of Japan.

Before the 1960s, there were two space organizations in Japan, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), which were capable of developing their own rockets. However, after facing numerous failures between the 1990s and 2000s, those two space programs gathered under a single roof and formed the unified Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2003.

One of the most prominent accomplishments of JAXA is that they have accumulated vast amounts of technology and expertise through their human space programs —such as the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” and transfer vehicle “KOUNOTORI”—and its robotic missions with science probes, including Hayabusa, Hayabusa2, and KAGUYA.

 

Planets In Japanese

The Japanese word for planet is 惑星 (wakusei), but what about the other planets? You can learn them in the list below!

EnglishJapaneseRomajiPronunciation
Earth地球Chikyuu
Mercury水星Suisei
Venus金星Kinsei
Mars火星Kasei
Jupiter木星Mokusei
Saturn土星Dosei
Uranus天王星Tennousei
Neptune海王星Kaiousei
Pluto冥王星Meiousei

 

Spaceship Vocabulary In Japanese

This list includes all the cool astronomy terms you hear in documentaries but this time in Japanese!

EnglishJapaneseRomajiPronunciation
spacecraft宇宙船uchuusen
space suit宇宙服uchuufuku
acceleration加速kasoku
aerodynamics空力kūryoku
dangerous危険なkikenna
dustほこりhokori
particles粒子ryūshi
rays光線kōsen
ultraviolet light紫外線shigaisen
alienエイリアンmu jūryoku
zero gravity無重力mu jūryoku
hydrogen水素suiso
engineerエンジニアenjinia
unstable不安定fuantei
intergalactic銀河間gingakan
interplanetary惑星間wakuseikan
interstellar星間hoshikan
altitude高度kōdo
astronaut宇宙飛行士uchū hikōsh
crew乗組員norikumīn
equipment機器kiki
exploration探査tansa
impactインパクトinpakuto
unknown未知なるものmichi naru mono
oxygen酸素sanso
communicationコミュニケーションkomyunikēshon
centrifugal force遠心力enshinryoku
gravity重力jūryoku
space shuttleスペースシャトルsupēsushatoru
navigationナビゲーションnabigēshon
space station宇宙ステーションuchū sutēshon
technologyテクノロジーtekunorojī
temperature温度ondo
speed of light光の速度hikari no sokudo
radiation放射線hōshasen
astronomer天文学者tenmongakusha
landing着陸chakuriku
craterクレーターkurētā
sample標本hyōhon
extraterrestrial地球外chikyūgai
laboratory実験室jikkenshitsu
moduleモジュールmojūru
engineそのエンジンsono enjin
objective目的mokuteki
unidentified flying object未確認の飛行物体mi kakunin no hikō buttai
journeytabi
physicist物理学者butsuri gakusha
satellite衛星eisei
scientist科学者kagakusha
telescope望遠鏡bōenkyō
spaceship宇宙船uchūsen
analysis解析kaiseki
light year光年kōnen
anomaly異常ijō
collision衝突shōtotsu
discovery発見hakken
rocketロケットroketto
mission使命shimei
space shuttleスペースシャトルsupēsushatoru
launchpad発射台hasshadai
probeプローブpurōbu
turbulence乱気流rankiryū

 

Japanese Space Vocabulary

This list includes the common space vocabulary in the Japanese language.

EnglishJapaneseRomajiPronunciation
black holeブラックホールburakku hooru
milky way天の川ama no gawa
universe宇宙uchuu
alien宇宙人uchuujin
astronomy天文学tenmongaku
void of space宇宙空間uchuukuukan
comet彗星suisei
asteroid小惑星shouwakusei
starhoshi
meteor流星ryuusei
meteor shower流星群ryuuseigun
moontsuki
sun太陽taiyou
solar system太陽系taiyoukei
atmosphere大気taiki
gravity重力juuryoku
galaxy銀河ginga
orbit軌道kidou
satellite衛星eisei
man-made satellite人工衛星jinkoueisei
eclipseshoku
meteoroid隕石inseki
light year光年kounen
constellation星座seiza
atmosphere雰囲気funiki
big bangビッグバンbigguban
cosmosコスモスkosumosu
rings of Saturn土星の輪dosei no wa

 

Favorite Space-Themed Animes

Since we’re talking about space, I want to share my favorite two animes about space! If you can’t decide what to watch nowadays, check these out!

Uchuu Kyoudai anime - Spaceship Vocabulary In Japanese

1. Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers)

Aired: 2012

UFO sightings have become more common nowadays, and most people believe that we’re probably not the only intelligent lifeform in the entire universe.

Space Brothers discusses the phenomenon of UFOs in a humorous style. The anime is about two brothers, Mutta and Hibito Namba, who deal with life’s usual ups and downs and pursue their dream of becoming astronauts.

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu anime - Spaceship Vocabulary In Japanese

2. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu (Legend of the Galactic Heroes)

Aired: 1988

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu is a controversial anime because some fans believe it’s the best thing after the block-busting Star Wars franchise, while others find it overrated.

Honestly, I consider myself in the first group. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu is a deep and sophisticated space anime that requires you to become totally invested in its lore so that you can appreciate it.

Want to watch these animes without English subtitles? Then, download the Ling App now and improve your Japanese level!

 

Learn Japanese With Ling App!

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The Ling App provides tonnes of Japanese vocabulary that you can learn at your own pace. Just grab your iOS or Android device right now and head to Google Play Store or Apple App Store to download it. Mini-games, puzzles, and AI chatbots to practice Japanese speaking skills are just some of the interactive activities of Ling.

Many Japanese learners use Ling to improve their language skills, so why not join them? Download the Ling App, and get ready to speak Japanese soon!

Plus, don’t forget to visit our Japanese blog weekly to learn more about Japanese culture and language!

Until next time, じゃあまたね!

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