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Clothes in Japanese

Knowing some words for clothes in Japanese can be useful for all kinds of situations. After this free audio lesson, you’ll be able to describe what kind of clothes you need to suit the weather, or what you’re looking for when shopping for clothes in Japanese.

If you’re traveling in Japan on vacation it’s likely you’ll be more dependent on the weather, especially if you’re planning to spend a lot of time outside. You'll enjoy yourself a lot more if you have the appropriate clothing. What’s the Japanese word for "raincoat"? How do you explain that you’re "hot," and you need a "hat"? Listen to the native-speaker’s pronunciation and practice saying the Japanese words aloud until you feel confident. Let’s get started.

Resources for further reading:

Improve Your Pronunciation of Japanese Words

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Traditional Japanese clothes

How to Pronounce Clothes in Japanese

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コート

コート

kōto

coat

上着

うわぎ

uwagi

outer garment / coat

マフラー 

マフラー 

mafurā

scarf

帽子

ぼうし

bōshi

hat

ジャケット

ジャケット

jaketto

jacket

ジャンパー

ジャンパー

janpā

jumper

レインコート

レインコート

reinkōto

raincoat

かさ

kasa

umbrella

手袋

てぶくろ

tebukuro

glove

厚手の靴下

あつで の くつした

atsude no kutsushita

thick socks

サンダル

サンダル

sandaru

sandal

スリッパ

スリッパ

surippa

slipper / slip-on shoes

セーター

セーター

sētā

sweater

厚手の服

あつで の ふく

atsude no fuku

warm clothing

薄手の服

うすで の ふく

usude no fuku

light clothing

水着

みずぎ

mizugi

swimsuit

海水パンツ

かいすい パンツ

kaisui pantsu

swim trunks

ビキニ

ビキニ

bikini

bikini

If you are lucky to have some good weather you might also need some of the following:

サングラス

サングラス

sangurasu

sunglasses

日焼け止め

ひやけどめ

hiyakedome

sunscreen

Japanese facemasks

If the weather is a little extreme, you may want to say that you are boiling "hot," freezing "cold," "wet," or "frozen." Here are some useful sentences:

寒いです。

さむい です。

Samui desu.

(I) am cold.

凍るほどに寒いです。

こおる ほど に さむい です。

Kōru hodo ni samui desu.

(I) am freezing.

暑いです。

あつい です。

Atsui desu.

(I) am hot.

汗かいています。

あせ かいて います。

Ase kaite imasu.

(I) am sweating.

足が冷たいです。

あし が つめたい です。

Ashi ga tsumetai desu.

(My) feet are cold.

指が凍っています。

ゆび が こおって います。

Yubi ga kōtte imasu.

(My) fingers (are) frozen.

びしょ濡れです。

びしょぬれ です。

Bishonure desu.

(I) am soaking wet.

I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson. Here are a few recommended Japanese lessons to try next:

また おあい しましょう! (Mata oai shimashō!) "See you next time!"

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