10 untranslatable Japanese words

In all languages ​​there are untranslatable and unique words. Japanese is no exception. Here is a list of untranslatable Japanese words.

Enjokousai - untranslatable Japanese words

Enjokousai (援助 交際)

Prostitution of students masquerading as payment for their company. This expression arose after there was a growing phenomenon of adult people paying schoolgirls to be escorted. On rare occasions it involved sex.

Fuubutsuji - untranslatable Japanese words

Fuubutsuji (風物 事)

Elements that remind us of a season. For example, Christmas pine trees remind us of December, or in Japan the sound of cicadas is associated with summer.

Madogiwazoku - untranslatable Japanese words

Madogiwazoku (窓 際 族)

Refers to trained employees who are relegated to office jobs with no opportunity for advancement until they retire. The word refers to people who finish their tasks early and stare out the window.

ikebana flower arrangement - untranslatable Japanese words

Kachoufuugetsu (花鳥 風月)

Traditional themes of natural beauty in Japanese aesthetics. The search for aesthetics through themes of nature.

Komorebi - untranslatable words from Japanese

Komorebi (木 漏 れ 日)

Sunlight filtering through the leaves of the trees. In Spanish I think the closest word would be resolana.

Reikanshouhou - untranslatable Japanese words

Reikanshouhou (霊 感 商法)

Persuade people to buy items for a high price by ensuring they bring good luck. Japanese society in general is not religious, but it is very superstitious. That is why they have various amulets and rites to bring good luck.

Sakurafubuki - untranslatable Japanese words

Sakurafubuki (桜 吹 雪)

Rain of cherry blossom petals. The word is formed by sakura (cherry) and fubuki (storm).

Shinrinyoku - untranslatable Japanese words

Shinrinyoku (森林 浴)

Therapeutic walk through the forest. The expression literally means “forest bath”, and refers to a walk to relax. At the same time substances emitted by trees, called phytoncides that serve as a defense against bacteria.

shizen - untranslatable Japanese words

Wabi-sabi (わ び さ び)

Aesthetic sense in Japanese art that emphasizes simplicity and refinement. Wabi denotes simplicity, coolness or calm, while i knew refers to the beauty product of age.

Yukimisake - untranslatable words from Japanese

Yukimisake (雪見 酒)

Drink sake while admiring a snow landscape.


Ame Otoko / Ame Onna (雨 男 / 雨 女)

love otoko, untranslatable words from japanese

“Man / Woman-rain”. It refers to people whose presence is always accompanied by rain or bad weather. The opposite expression refers to people whose presence is accompanied by a clear climate: Hare Otoko / Hare Onna

Monkey no Aware (物 の 哀 れ)

mono no aware, untranslatable Japanese words

Have a great sense of aesthetics, appreciation of the fleeting nature of beauty.

Kintsukuroi (金 繕 い)

kintsukuroi, untranslatable words from Japanese

“Repair with gold.” In Japan there is a tradition of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer, but it has a philosophy behind it: Understand that ceramic work is even more beautiful after it has been repaired.

Koi no yokan(恋 の 予 感)

koi no yokan, untranslatable words from Japanese

The feeling that one has when seeing a person for the first time and feeling that both will fall in love. It is different from “love at first sight”, it no longer only implies that the feeling of love exists, but that it is inevitable.

Tsundoku (積 ん 読)

tsundoku, untranslatable words from Japanese

Buy books and not read them; stacking books on shelves, the floor, or on nightstands.

Yokomeshi (横 飯)

yoko meshi, untranslatable words from japanese

“Horizontal food”. It is an expression that is used to refer to Western food, since unlike the West, in Japan it is customary to write vertically. It was a popular expression for a time, but it is apparently already out of date.


yugen 2, untranslatable words from Japanese

“The notion of the universe that provokes emotional responses so deep and mysterious to put into words”

Kyouiku mama

kyouiku mama, untranslatable Japanese words

It refers to a tireless mother who pushes her son to achieve academic success.