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Learn Japanese Kanji – Everyday Kanji (Japanese chocolate)

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Welcome to Everyday Kanji! In this series, we’re going to present pictures of kanji seen in various places in Japan taken by the team members at JapanesePod101.com. That’s right – kanji seen and used everyday!

The theme for this week is kanji found on packaging of Japanese chocolate. Let’s take a look!

Everyday Kanji week 11 - Japanese chocolate ①
きなこおはぎ味 (kinako ohagi aji): 味 (aji) means “flavor”. The word that comes before 味 specifies what kind of flavor something is. Do you know what kind of flavor きなこおはぎ is?

きなこ is soybean flour and おはぎare rice balls coated in sweet bean paste. You can see what it looks like in the picture on the packaging. The light brown powder is きなこ, which is a very traditional Japanese flavor.

● 味 (aji) = taste

Sample Sentence:
Watashi wa, ringo aji no ame ga suki da.
I like apple-flavored candies.

Everyday Kanji week 11 - Japanese chocolate ②
梅ソーダ仕立て (ume soda shitate): 梅 (ume) means “plum” and ソーダmeans “soda.” So, this chocolate is plum soda flavor. Do you know what 仕立て (shitate) means?

仕立て means “making”, or “to make up.” So, this chocolate is made so that you can feel like you are drinking plum soda when you eat it.

●梅 (ume) = plum

仕立て (shitate) = making up, preparation
● 仕 (shi) = attend
● 立 (ta(-tsu) = stand up

Sample Sentence:
Sono tekisuto wa, manga jitate na node, yomiyasui.
That textbook is easy to read because it’s made up of manga.

Everyday Kanji week 11 - Japanese chocolate ③
充実野菜 (jūjitsu yasai): 充実 (jūjitsu) means “fulfilling” and 野菜 (yasai) means “vegetable.” Can you imagine what this chocolate tastes like?

充実野菜 is the name of a famous brand of vegetable juice in Japan. It’s a very healthy juice which has a lot of vegetables, such as carrots, spinach and so on.

充実 (jūjitsu) = fulfilling
● 充 (jū) = fill
● 実 (jitsu) = fruit

野菜 (yasai) = vegetable
● 野 (ya) = field
● 菜 (sai) = vegetable

Sample Sentence:
Yasai o taberu kawari ni, yasai jūsu o nomu.
I drink vegetable juice instead of eating vegetables.

Everyday Kanji week 11 - Japanese chocolate ④
和栗 (waguri): 和 (wa) means “Japanese” and 栗 (kuri) means “chestnut.” In Japan, you will find many chestnut-flavored snacks and sweets in autumn, when chestnuts are in season.

渋皮入り (shibukawa iri) means “containins astringent skin.” 渋皮 means “astringent skin” and 入り means “contains.”

和栗 (waguri) = Japanese chestnut
● 和 (wa) = Japanese
● 栗 (kuri(guri)) = chestnut

渋皮入り (shibukawa iri) = contains astringent skin
● 渋 (shibu) = astringent
● 皮 (kawa) = skin
● 入 (i(-ri)) = contains

Sample Sentence:
Ibaraki-ken wa, waguri no sanchi de yūmei da.
Ibaraki prefecture is famous as a production area of Japanese chestnuts.

Everyday Kanji week 11 - Japanese chocolate ⑤
酢っきり(sukkiri): 酢 means “vinegar.” Seeing this kanji gives you the image that this chocolate tastes kind of sour.

酢っきり is read as “sukkiri” which is usually written in hiragana as すっきり and means “refreshing.” The word すっきりis not normally written with the kanji 酢, but here it is used in place of す as a kind of play on words to emphasize the sour taste.

● 酢 (su) = vinegar

● 梅 (ume) = plum

Sample Sentence:
Su wa, suppai desu.
Vinegar tastes sour.

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