Japanese Bread Vocabulary パン

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Japanese Vocabulary – Bread パン – Review Notes

There are many kinds of bread in Japan! Today we learned how to say some of these types of bread in Japanese!

In these review notes, we will go over all the Japanese vocabulary that was in the video and we will see more types of Japanese bread!

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Japanese Vocabulary: Bread パン

types of bread

 There are many interesting kinds of bread in Japan, many of which are unique to Japan! Today we will learn about many different types of Japanese bread!

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 Bread in Japanese is パン (pan).

 It is written in katakana because it originally comes from the Portuguese language.

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anpan

 アンパン (anpan) is another Japanese original bread. It is a sweet bun filled with anko (sweet bean paste).

 There is a famous Japanese character called アンパンマン (anpanman) who comes from a picture book which was then adapted into an anime of the same title.

 アンパンマン is a superhero whose head is made of アンパン (anpan).

 Whenever アンパンマン meets a starving creature, he lets them eat some of his head.

 But don’t worry! He recovers every time when ジャムおじさん (Jamu Ojisan – Uncle Jam), the baker who created him, bakes him a new head.

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agepan

 揚げパン (agepan) is Japanese fried bread.

 It is commonly topped with sugar and きな粉 (kinako – soybean flour), but there are varieties with different flavors like caramel or chocolate.

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currypan

 カレーパン (karēpan – curry bread) is a kind of fried bread that is filled withJapanese curry.

 It is also sometimes baked instead of fried and called 焼きカレーパン (yaki karēpan).

 Another superhero in the アンパンマン (anpanman) series is カレーパンマン (karēpanman). As you could guess, his head is made out of カレーパン (karēpan).

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shokupan

 食パン (shokupan) literally means “eating bread” but it refers to a squarish loaf of white bread.

 There is superhero in the アンパンマン (anpanman) series modeled after 食パン (shokupan) too.

 His name is, of course, 食パンマン (shokupanman) and his head is, of course, made out of 食パン (shokupan).

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melonpan

 メロンパン (melon pan) is a bread that was invented in Japan.

 It is meant to resemble a melon (like a cantaloupe), but it is not usually melon flavored.

 メロンパン (melon pan) is made from an enriched dough covered in a thin layer of crisp cookie dough.

 There are variations that have chocolate chips or that come in other flavors like maple or strawberry.

 メロンパン (melon pan) is famous in many other countries and can commonly be seen in Japanese anime and manga.

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 There is, of course, a melon bread superhero character too, called メロンパンナちゃん (melonpanna-chan).

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yakisobapan

 焼きそばパン (yakisoba pan) is a bun that is filled with yakisoba (Japanese fried noodles).

 They are commonly sold at Japanese convenience stores.

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furansupan

 フランスパン (furansupan) is the Japanese word for French Bread.

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Some other types of bread

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 チョココロネ (choko korone) – chocolate cornet – is a sweet bread that was invented in Japan. It is named after the European instrument, the cornet because of it’s horn-like shape.

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 It is also sometimes called チョココルネ (choko korune) or チョココロネット (choko koronetto) (all of its names are approximations of the word for the instrument).

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 クロワッサン (kurowassan) is the Japanese word for croissant, a sweet pastry that originates in France.

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たい焼き (taiyaki) is another Japanese original kind of sweet bread/dessert. It is a fish-shaped waffle that is usually filled with anko (sweet beans). Read more about Taiyaki here!

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焼きたて!!ジャぱん (Yakitate!! Japan)

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There is a manga and anime series called “Yakitate!! Japan” which means “fresh baked!! Japan” (Japan has the double meaning of the country and also “pan” being the word for bread)

Azuma Kazuma is on a quest to create “Japan,” the perfect national bread for Japan. This anime is hilarious and you can also learn a lot about bread! We highly recommend it! \(◕ω◕)/☆

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かわいいパン – Cute bread!

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Conclusion:

Of course we can’t include every type of bread here because there is pretty much an infinite amount of Japanese bread types. But, we hope you enjoyed learning about some of them today!

What’s your favorite bread? Is there some type of Japanese bread that you love that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 comments

  1. My favorite bread would be wheat or english muffins. Is there a word for these?

    Comment by Danielle on 02/02/2014 at 12:03 am
  2. Sure! (◕ω<)☆ Wheat bread: 小麦パン (komugi pan) English muffins: イングリッシュ・マフィン (ingurisshu mafin) or just マフィン (mafin)

    Comment by PuniPuni on 02/09/2014 at 9:56 pm
  3. おいしい! I really like パン! I think my favorites breads are “Broa” and “Regueifa”. They are typical from my country, Portugal!
    I saw “Yakitate!! Japan” some years ago and it was really funny and interesting.

    Comment by Margarida on 11/15/2014 at 2:44 pm

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