Word of the Week: Introduction

The time has come for me to announce my 2014 blog series: Word of the Week! Following the success of last year’s A to Wa of Japan, as well as A – Z of Japan and Weekly Shiritori before that, I’ve decided to continue having a weekly series here on Haikugirl’s Japan. Deciding on a theme wasn’t easy, but as one of my focusses this year is on improving my language skills I decided the topic this year should be Japanese language.

The series will follow the same pattern as last year’s series – A (あ) to Wa (わ). Next week’s post will feature a word beginning with ‘a’ (あ), the next will begin with ‘i’ (い), followed by ‘u’ (う), and so on, finishing with a word beginning with ‘wa’ (わ) sometime in December.


I want these posts to be fun, and possibly even educational, and I don’t want to be too strict about the rules. However, the main aim of the game is to choose a verb, adjective or expression each week. Unlike games in the past, I won’t be choosing nouns or proper nouns, so I won’t be writing about people, places and things. The Japanese language has some really interesting words and expressions which illustrate Japan’s unique culture, and I think it will be fun to explore some of these words by looking at their origins and how they are used today.

I would love for you all to join in with these weekly posts, as many of you have done before, so please do take a look each week and leave a comment with your suggestions for the following week. Also, if you notice any mistakes, or have anything to add, I would really appreciate your comments, as I’m hoping these posts will help me to learn too.

So, without further ado, let’s get started! Next week’s post will be about a word beginning with ‘a’ (あ), so please leave your suggestions below. The word can be a verb, adjective or expression, but no nouns please! For example, ‘arigatou’ (ありがとう) meaning ‘thank you’ would be acceptable, but ‘Aomori’ (青森), the place, would not. I look forward to reading your ideas! (*^_^)v

Word of the Week 2014

9 thoughts on “Word of the Week: Introduction

  1. Hello Haikugirl !
    This is Antonio, from Spain. Thanks a lot for your blog and your help in Japanese culture. It’s mi first time here, and would like to suggest Aware あわれ , the soul of Haiku.
    Happy and pleasant New Year 2014 for everybody !


  2. Happy New Year, Ali!
    Another year of A-Z starts and looking forward to it again!

    word with あ
    Ashita no Joe (明日のジョー / one of famous manga/anime), Arakawa (荒川 / one of river in Tokyo), Atsumi Kiyoshi (渥美清 / famous actor who play Kuruma Torajiro in series of the film Otoko wa Tsuraiyo, I think it has longest film series in the world) Ajinomoto (味の素 / one of most important ingredient for house cooking)


    • Happy New Year! Thanks for reading, and for joining in the game. However… I can’t accept nouns this time, as I’m looking at verbs, adjectives and expressions, so I’m afraid I can’t use these ideas. (>_<) Do you have any more suggestions? ありがとう!


  3. Happy New Year! I’ve been really looking forward to your new weekly series and now its here 🙂 To start how about:

    Aishimasu (愛します) Love
    Arienai! (ありえない!) Fat chance!
    Akemashite Omedetōgozaimasu (明けましておめでとうございます) Happy New Year!


  4. Great idea! How about 呆れる (akireru) to be amazed (呆気にとられた, akke ni torareta, totally stunned) or 飽きる (akiru) to be fed up with or tired of something.(~に飽きている).


  5. Interesting idea. No nouns. Okay, here are some:
    青い (aoi) – blue
    甘い (amai) – sweet
    足元にご注意下さい (ashimoto ni gochuui kudasai) – Please watch your step (heard or seen at nearly every train exit, step down in a bus, escalator, or moving walkway in Japan)


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