Japanese Vegetables Vocabulary- Cheat Sheet

Need help with learning popular やさい (yasai) Japanese vegetables vocabulary? Check out the cheat sheet that we have created below. We have gathered 20 of the most popular vegetables commonly used for cooking.

Traditional Japanese diet is known for its whole-foods-based options that are rich in seafood and vegetables. Dishes are often accompanied by a warm bowl of miso soup. Red meat, added sugars and fat are kept at a minimal.

Of course, the traditional cuisine is all about the importance of a well-balanced plate. Quality and seasonality of the ingredients lie at the very heart of it all. And because vegetables take center stage, local supermarkets are the best place to find them daisy-fresh. You should know how to properly identify and pronounce the vegetables in Japanese. This can be very useful to you when shopping for vegetables in the supermarket in Japan.

Do remember to head down to your local supermarkets in Japan when you are free to test your knowledge on these vegetable terminologies.

Curious about just how many supermarkets in Japan are there? Click here for the full list — and who knows, you might be tempted to go supermarket-hopping after this. Better yet, here’s a list for commonly used Japanese fruit vocabulary.

Japanese Vegetables Vocabulary example sentences –

Here is how you form basic sentences with the terminologies:

Example 1 :

やさいきらいはこくふくすべきだ。

Yasai no suki kirai wa kokuhuku subeki da.

One must overcome the likes and dislikes of vegetables.

Example 2 :

だいこうぶつりょうりつくるためにじゃがいもブロッコリーう。

Daikōbutsu no ryōri o tsukuru tame ni jagaimo to burokkorī o kau.

I buy potatoes and broccoli to make my favorite dish.

Japanese Vegetables Vocabulary :

JapanesePronunciationMeaning
やさいyasaiVegetable
にんじんninjinCarrot
だいこんdaikonWhite radish
ジャガイモjagaimoPotato
なすnasuEggplant
ねぎnegiGreen onion
トマトtomatoTomato
たまねぎtamanegiOnion
きゅうりkyūriCucumber
ピーマンpīmanBell pepper
トウモロコシtōmorokoshiCorn
ニンニクninnikuGarlic
かぼちゃkabochaPumpkin
はくさいhakusaiNapa Cabbage
ブロッコリーburokkorīBroccoli
キャベツkyabetsuCabbage
レタスretasuLettuce
キノコkinokoMushroom
しょうがshōgaGinger
ほうれんそうhōrensōSpinach

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