Love in Japanese

Some important vocabulary words related to love

Every language has its share of love related words.  Japanese is no exception.  Today, let’s look at a few (clean) love words!  This is for the romantic samurai within us all…


PART 1. The kiss words
PART 2. The other words
PART 3. The love words

MOOD SETTING: Imagine a young samurai proposing to his kunoichi (female ninja) girlfriend and then setting out on a lonesome road to gain honor and riches for their future life together…


1) ใ‚ญใ‚น kisu – That’s right.  Its from English! (pronounced key-sue)

USAGE: ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎใ‚ญใ‚น
sai go no kisu
the last kiss

2) ใกใ‚…ใ† chuu – This is the standard Japanese for ‘kiss’

USAGE: ใกใ‚…ใ† ใ—ใฆไธ‹ใ•ใ„ใ€‚ chuu shite kudasai.
‘Please give me a kiss.’

3) ๅฃไป˜ใ‘ kuchi zuke – (lit. mouth + attach)

4) ๆŽฅๅป seppun – an old-fashion romantic word, but still used

USAGE: ใ‚ดใ‚ธใƒฉใฏๆŽฅๅปใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ‚ญใƒ†ใ‚ฃใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใซ่ฟ‘ใฅใ„ใŸใŒใ€้€ƒใ’ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ€‚
gojira wa seppun shiyou to kiti chan ni chikazuita ga, nigerareta.
Godzilla thought to kiss Hello Kitty and approached her, but she ran away.


5) ไธ€็›ฎๆƒšใ‚Œ hito me bore – ‘love at first sight’      

6) ใƒฉใƒ–ใƒฌใ‚ฟใƒผ rabu reta – Love letter      

USAGE: ใƒฉใƒ–ใƒฌใ‚ฟใƒผใ‹ ๆžœใŸใ—็Šถใ‹๏ผŸ
rabu reta- ka, hatashi jou ka?
‘Is this a love letter, or a letter of challenge (to battle)?’


7) ๆ„› ai – ‘Love’

USAGE: ๆ„›ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰
ai shite iru kara
‘Because I love you!’    

RELATED WORDS: ๆ„›ๅฆป ai sai (beloved wife – a wife that loves and cares for her husband); 愛妻弁当 aisai bentou – a Bento (lunch box) prepared by one’s loving wife)

8) ๆ‹ koi – ‘Love’      

ๆ‹ไบบ koi bito (KOI + (B)HITO person) a lover, boyfriend or girlfriend
ๆ‹ใ—ใ„ koishii (to miss (something or someone), to yearn for)

9) ๅฅฝใ suki – ‘to like’ (this is usually pronounced as ‘ski’ but sometimes the ‘U’ is pronounced)

USAGE: ใ‚ใชใŸใŒๅฅฝใ。
anata ga suki
‘I like you.’ – simple but effective

10) ใƒฉใƒ–ใƒฉใƒ– rabu rabu – ‘Love Love’ (When said this sounds like ‘rub rub’ but it means two people are in love.)

11) ๆ„›ใฎ表現 ai no hyougen – “an expression of love”

USAGE: ใใ‚Œใฏๆ„›ใฎ表現ใงใ™ใ‹๏ผŸ
sore wa ai no hyougen desu ka?
Is that an expression of love?

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