Japanese Vocabulary – Sushi 寿司

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Sushi-GO-round in Japanese is 回転寿司 (かいてんずし KAITENZUSHI ) ♬

Japanese Vocabulary – Sushi 寿司 – Review Notes

Today we learned how to say some types of sushi in Japanese! In these review notes, we will go over all the Japanese vocabulary that was in the video and we will see a list of more sushi vocabulary!

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Japanese Vocabulary: Sushi 寿司

sushi vocabulary

 Most of the names of fish used for sushi have kanji but they are more commonly written using hiragana or katakana.

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salmon

 Salmon in Japanese is サーモン (sāmon).

 There is another Japanese word for salmon: 鮭(さけ – sake – or しゃけ – shake) but when talking about salmon sushi, サーモン (sāmon) is more common.

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maguro

 まぐろ (maguro) is the Japanese name for the bluefin tuna.

 Depending on the part of the fish, different words may be used.

      ★ あかみ (akami)the leaner meat from the side of the fish

      ★ とろ (toro)the fatty belly meat, also broken into 2 categories:

             ★ 中とろ (chūtoro) fatty but less fatty than ōtoro

             ★ 大とろ (ōtoro) – the fattiest belly meat

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tamago

 The Japanese word for egg is たまご (tamago).

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ikura

 The Japanese word for salmon roe is いくら (ikura)

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ebi

 Shrimp in Japanese is えび (ebi).

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unagi

 Freshwater Eel in Japanese is うなぎ (unagi).

 Saltwater Eel in Japanese is あなご (anago).

 Both kinds of eel are used for sushi and in other Japanese dishes. Unagi is more expensive than Anago.

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squid

 Squid in Japanese is いか (ika).

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tako

 Octopus in Japanese is たこ (tako).

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More Sushi Vocabulary:

Horse Mackerel    aji       あじ

raw shrimp      amaebi       あまえび

sea urchin        uni      うに

yellowtail         hamachi   はまち

sea bream        tai      たい

puffer fish        fugu     ふぐ

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Conclusion:

favorite sushi

What kind of sushi do you like? Leave a comment below!

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5 comments

  1. Do any of the extra vocabulary words have kanji?

    Comment by Grey on 01/27/2014 at 10:49 am
  2. 「いくら」を漢字で書いて呉れませんか?宜しくお願いします。

    Comment by Majic on 02/01/2014 at 9:44 am
  3. 「いくら」は漢字がありません。ひらがなかカタカナで書きます。There is no kanji for “ikura.” It is written using hiragana or katakana.(◕ω<)☆ Actually, even many Japanese people do not know this, but "ikura" is a loan word from the Russian language. In Russian, "ikra" means "fish eggs."

    Comment by PuniPuni on 02/09/2014 at 10:07 pm
  4. I noticed something on this webpage. In the conclusion section, when you wrote “What kind ofsushi do you like?” you forgot to put a space before “of” and “sushi”.

    Comment by Mouka on 02/02/2014 at 5:05 am
  5. Sorry about that! Just a typo. I will fix it. ありがとう!(◕ω<)☆

    Comment by PuniPuni on 02/09/2014 at 5:37 pm

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