Are you ready to plough through some snow words? These are Japanese vocabulary words you should snow well.
Well, I think that's more than enough hilarious and clever puns for now. Let's get started.
First, the educational part. How do you say "snow" in Japanese?
- 雨 rain; weather event
- ヨ snow shovel [Apparently, this originally represented a pig's head, but ... that's not helpful.]
- A weather event that requires a snow shovel.
Yuki is also a very common girl's name in Japan, although the kanji is different.
Enough useful information, let's move on to the fun stuff.
yuki otoko wa byu-ti-kontesuto ni nan naku nyuushou shimashita.
The Abominable Snowman won the beauty contest hands down.
furorida ni sunde iru hitobito ni totte, yuki onna wa amari kowakunai desu.
As for people living in Florida, the Yuki Onna isn’t very scary.
yukidaruma no furosuti wa, yume datta furorida ryokou ni ikimashita ga, sore wa akumu ni owarimashita.
Frosty the snowman’s Florida dream vacation ended in a nightmare.
yuki otoko wa yukigassen ga sekai ichi tsuyoi.
When it comes to snow ball fighting, the Abominable Snowman is the world’s best.
OTHER SNOW WORDS :
- 大雪 oo yuki – heavy snowfall
NOTE: The OO means "big" or "great," and it refers to the quantity of snow
- 人工雪 jin kou yuki – artificial snow
NOTE: attaching JINKOU behind something makes it man-made
- 初雪 hatsu yuki – the first snow of the season
NOTE: The Japanese have a fondness for new things and things that happen first. Other HATSU words include: 初夢 hatsu yume – the first dream of the year; 初恋 hatsu koi – first (puppy) love; 初場所 hatsu basho – the first day of a sumo tournament; 初耳 hatsu mimi – something heard for the first time
- 吹雪 fubuki – snow storm
NOTE: In spring, when the cherry blossoms come this word is recycled as 花吹雪 hana fubuki (falling cherry blossoms)
- 雪祭り yuki matsuri – snow festival, often with ice sculptures
NOTE: During the winter, a number of YUKI MATSURI are held, especially in Hokkaidou where it snows the most.