Glossary of Japanese things

  • Shinai 竹刀 (bamboo sword, used in kendo)
  • Plum wine bottle 梅酒ビン
  • Bottles for fruit liquor 果実酒用のビン
  • Obi
  • Weight stone / pickling stone / (placed on pickles) 漬物石(市販のものを含む)
  • Tabi 足袋 (Japanese socks with split toe)
  • Kairo カイロ (Pocket heater >> pocket oven / furnace 懐炉)
  • Satsuki ningyo 五月人形 (Boys’ May Festival dolls)
  • Kamenokodawashi かめのこたわし (a rod-shaped scrubbing brush, often referred to as Kamenokodawashi 亀の子束子 (young turtle scrubbing brush) or Tawashi たわし
  • Shogi board 将棋盤 (Japanese chess)
  • Tatami (5 to 6 sheets at a time) 畳(1回の搬入枚数5~6枚まで)
  • Vinyl kappa ビニールカッパ (plastic rain jacket, named after kappa 河童, the mythical creature; may be referred to as a ‘kappa’ for short)
  • Seiro (bamboo steamer) せいろ (aka mushiki; used to steam noodles, dumplings, or other food)
  • Makisu 巻きす (sushi mat – bamboo mat used in food preparation, especially to roll makizushi)
  • Ear pick 耳掻き  (photo source)
  • Japanese sandals 草履 (zori)
  • Natto container (foam tray, etc.) 納豆容器(発泡トレイ等)
  • Marsh-reed screen よしず (yoshizu, aka sudare) – used on the exterior of homes, etc.
  • Wicker trunk やなぎごうり (yanagigori)
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