The Vegan A to Z: An Introduction to Japanese

On the first look Japanese characters might seem incomprehensible but learning just a few basic ones can make your life and travel much easier!

Another benefit: You can also use most of that knowledge when traveling to China or Taiwan!

A

Animal – 動物 dōbutsu

Agar agar – 寒天 kanten

B

Bacon ベーコン bēkon

Beef – 牛肉 gyū niku (also: ビーフ bīfu)

Bird – 鳥 tori

Bonito – 鰹 or かつお katsuo

C

Chicken – 鶏 niwatori (also: チキン chikin)

Cow’s milk – 牛乳 gyūnyū  (also: ミルク miruku)

Crab – 蟹, 蠏, かに or カニ kani

D

Deer – 鹿肉 shika niku

Duck – 鴨肉 kamo niku

E

Eel – 鰻 うなぎ unagi

Egg – 卵 or たまご tamago

F

Feathers –  羽 hane

Fish – 魚 sakana

Fish stock – 鰹出汁 or かつお出汁 katsuo dashi

Fur – 毛皮 kegawa

G

Gelatine – ゼラチン zerachin

H

Ham – ハム hamu

Honey – 蜂蜜 or はちみつ hachimitsu

Horse – 馬 uma

Horse meat – 馬肉 ba niku

K

Lamb / mutton – 羊肉 yōniku (also: ラム ramu)

L

Lard – ラード rādo

Leather – 革 or 皮 kawa

M

Meat – 肉 niku (also: ミート mīto)

(Whole) Milk powder – 全粉乳 zenfun’nyū

O

Octopus – たこ,タコ,章魚 or 蛸 tako

P

Plant – 植物 shokubutsu

Pork – 豚肉 buta niku

R

(Brown) Rice – 玄米 genmai
Rice flour – 米粉 beifun

S

Sausage – ソーセージ sōsēji

Salmon – 鮭 sake (also: サーモン sāmon)

Seafood – 魚介類 gyokairui (also: シーフード shīfūdo)

Shellfish – 貝 kai

Shrimp / prawn エビ, えび, 海老 or 蛯 ebi

Silk – 絹 kinu (also: シルク shiruku)

Soy beans – 大豆 daizu

Soy milk – 豆乳 tōnyū

Squid – いか, イカ, 烏賊 ika

T

Tuna – 鮪 or マグロ maguro (also: チューナ chūna)

V

Vegetable oil – 植物油 shokubutsuyu

W

Wool – 羊毛 yōmō (also: ウール)

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