Pieces of paper on a desk that have Japanese kanji characters written on them with a brush and black ink. On top of these papers is a red notebook in the center on the image and a Japanese notebook for practicing writing characters is on top of it.

Award-Winning Japanese Words You Should Know

The “buzzwords award” started in Japan in 1984, and since then, the “words of the year” get announced at the end of each year. Most words are fads, but some words have become a part of Japanese vocabulary.  1. 激辛 (Gekikara) – 1986: Extremely Spicy 激 (geki) means very/extremely. 辛い (karai) means hot/spicy. This word … Read more