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Words of Japanese Origin (Part One)

Many Japanese words have made their way into the English language. Whether related to food, poetry, arts or other fields, there are quite a few that are now firmly part of the English language.

Let’s see if you recognize these words based on their description. Don’t forget to share your score.

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  • Bonsai

    • tray gardening
    • noodle soup
    • Japanese theatre
  • Sake

    • a dish with rice and raw fish or vegetables
    • vegetables and seafood that are coated with batter and deep fried
    • alcoholic drink made from rice
  • Wasabi

    • a green, spicy condiment
    • fermented beans
    • a liquid from soybeans
  • Haiku

    • singing along with recorded music
    • a kind of Japanese theatre
    • a three line poem
  • Koi

    • fermented beans
    • alcoholic drink made from rice
    • a fish, carp
  • Ramen

    • noodle soup
    • a number puzzle
    • a kind of massage
  • Sensei

    • rich businessman
    • artistic paper folding
    • teacher or master
  • Shiatsu

    • liquid from soybeans
    • teacher or master
    • a kind of massage
  • Sushi

    • noodle soup
    • a dish with rice and raw fish or vegetables
    • a green, spicy condiment
  • Tempura

    • vegetables and seafood that are coated with batter and deep fried
    • cooking meat or fish in a soy sauce marinade
    • fermented beans

Written by Dawnwriter

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