Learn important but lesser known Christmas vocabulary words in Japanese. Then, let's learn how to sing Silent Night in Japanese. It is called きよしこの夜 kiyoshi kono yoru which means, "This Holy Night."

クリスマス関係の語彙

Christmas Vocabulary


クリスマス

kurisumasu
Christmas


メリークリスマス

meri- kurisumasu
Merry Christmas


聖誕祭(せいたんさい)

seitansai
Christmas; holy birthday
[聖 (holy) + 誕 (be born; nativity) + 祭 (feast; festival; celebrate; ritual)]


降誕祭(こうたんさい)

koutansai
Christmas; nativity
[降 (descend; fall; come down) + 誕 (be born; nativity) + 祭 (feast; festival; celebrate; ritual)]


聖歌(せいか)

seika
hymn; sacred song; chant
[聖 (holy) + 歌 (song)]


クリスマスキャロル

kurisumasu kyaroru
Christmas carol


聖夜(せいや)

seiya
holy night; Christmas Eve
[聖 (holy) + 夜 (night; evening)]


クリスマスツリー

kurisumasu tsuri-
Christmas tree


賢者(けんじゃ)(おく)(もの )

kenja no okuri mono
gifts of the wise men
[賢 (intelligent; wise) + 者 (person; someone) + 贈り (presents; send; give to) + 物 (thing; object); this is also the title of O. Henry's short story, The Gift of the Magi]


天使(てんし)

tenshi
angel
[天 (heaven) + 使 (messenger)]


トナカイ

tonakai
reindeer


イルミネーション

irumine-shon
lights; illumination



Silent Night in Japanese


きよしこの(よる) 

(ほし)はひかり

(すく)いの御子(みこ)

まぶねのなかに 

ねむりたもう

いと(やす)

kyoshi kono yoru

hoshi wa hikari

sukui no miko wa

mabune no naka ni

nemuritamou

ito yasuku

VOCABULARY

  • きよし kiyoshi - Holy
  • この kono - this
  • yoru - night
  • ほしは hoshi wa - as for the stars
  • ひかり hikari - shining
  • すくいの sukui no - salvation of [the の tells us where the salvation comes from]
  • 御子は miko wa - as for the holy baby
  • まぶねの mabune no - horse trough
  • なかに naka ni - in (the horse trough)
  • ねむり nemuri - sleeping 
  • たもう tamau - to come [honorific or respectful (sonkeigo); an honorific that basically means the same as (~て)いらっしゃる, but even more honorific]
  • いと ito - very [old-fashioned word]
  • 安く yasuku - peacefully [the kanji 安 can mean "inexpensive" or "easy" or, as in this case, "peaceful" or "calm."]

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