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TYJ Invertebrates

By Takasugi, May 22, 2017 | |
  1. Takasugi
    8.8. Invertebrates

    8.8.1. Molluscs

    All of the molluscs listed here except snails are edible. (Escargots are not so popular in Japan.)

    たこ
    ta ko
    octopus

    いか
    i ka
    squid

    はまぐり
    ha ma gu ri
    clam

    あさり
    a sa ri
    short-necked clam

    For your interest: This is the most popular shellfish in Japan.

    しじみ
    si zi mi
    corbicula

    For your interest: Corbicula are small shellfish often used for miso soup.

    ほたて
    ho ta te
    scallop

    かき
    ka ki
    oyster

    Note: This word has a different accent from persimmon.

    The five words above are all かい /ka' i/ "kai" (shellfish).

    かたつむり
    ka ta tu mu ri
    snail

    8.8.2. Crustaceans

    かに
    ka ni
    crab

    えび
    e bi
    shrimp, lobster

    8.8.3. Insects

    Japanese has many words for むし "musi" (insect) because insect's sound is as evaluated as bird's song. There are not always good English translations.

    かぶとむし
    ka bu to mu si
    beetle (found in forests)

    Note: This word is used only for beetles with a big horn found in forests. It is the combination of かぶと "kabuto" (warrior's helm) and むし "musi" (insect). The English word beetle has much wider meaning.

    くわがた
    ku wa ga ta
    stag beetle

    For your interest: かぶとむし "kabutomusi" and くわがた "kuwagata" are so evaluated as pets in Japan that one beetle can cost 50,000 yen.

    こおろぎ
    ro gi
    cricket

    きりぎりす
    ki ri gi ri su
    a kind of grasshopper

    せみ
    se mi
    cicada

    For your interest: Cicadas are very common in the summer in Japan. There are many kinds of cicada such as あぶらぜみ "aburazemi", みんみんぜみ "minminzemi", ひぐらし "higurasi", and つくつくぼうし "tukutukusi". Most Japanese people can distinguish them by hearing their sound.

    ちょう
    tyô
    butterfly

    Note: The word ちょうちょ "tyôtyo" also means butterfly. It is better when you want to avoid confusion with the word for intestines.


    ga
    moth

    とんぼ
    to n bo
    dragonfly

    あり
    a ri
    ant

    はえ
    ha e
    fly


    ka
    mosquito


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    About Author

    Takasugi
    My name is TAKASUGI Shinji. TAKASUGI is my family name, and Shinji is my given name; a family name is placed before a given name in Japan, as in other Asian nations. My family name is capitalized to avoid misunderstanding.

    I have been living in Yokohama since I was born. Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan, which is just 30 kilometers away from the biggest city Tôkyô. It takes 30 minutes to go by train from home to Shibuya, which is the hottest town now in Tôkyô.

    I work as a display engineer.

    One of my hobbies is creating things with computers; creating programs, computer graphics and web pages is the thing I spent a lot of time doing. I am also interested in a wide range of sciences, and linguistics is my favorite. I like English and I like using it, but my focus is mainly on Japanese, which is my native language. I'm proud of knowing the language, and the difference between English and Japanese has been fascinating me. I have been thinking whether I can introduce it to people outside of Japan. My attempt of introducing Japanese with some Java applets has had more than 1 million visitors.

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