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anime
アニメ
Japanese animation; refers to animation in general in Japanese (derived from either the English "animation" or French "dessin animé")

bonsai
盆栽
"tray gardening"; the art of tending miniature trees (see the unrelated word "banzai" below)

bokeh
(from ぼけ, boke), subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of an image projected by a camera lens

bunraku
文楽
a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre, performed by puppeteers, chanters, and shamisen players

chanoyu
茶の湯
Japanese tea ceremony

haiku
俳句
a very short poem consisting of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 morae (not syllables as commonly thought) each; see also tanka below

ikebana
生花
flower arrangement

imari
伊万里
Japanese porcelain wares (made in the town of Arita and exported from the port of Imari, particularly around the 17th century)

kabuki
歌舞伎
a traditional form of Japanese theatre

kakemono
掛け物
a vertical Japanese scroll, of ink-and-brush painting or calligraphy, that hangs in a recess on a wall inside a room

kakiemon
柿右衛門
Japanese porcelain wares featuring enamel decoration (made in Arita, using the style developed in 17th century by 酒井田 柿右衛門 Sakaida Kakiemon)

karaoke
カラオケ
"empty orchestra"; entertainment where an amateur singer accompanies recorded music

katsuramono
鬘物
in Noh, the 3rd Category play (三番目物 sanbanme mono) of a 5 Category play series (五番立 goban date), where the leading role (仕手 shite) is a beautiful woman

kirigami
切り紙
similar to origami, but involves cutting in addition to folding

koto

a traditional stringed musical instrument from Japan, resembling a zither with 13 strings

kutani
九谷, Japanese porcelain wares, made originally in the town of Kutani of the ancient Kaga Province (current day Ishikawa)

makimono
巻物
a horizontal Japanese hand scroll, of ink-and-brush painting or calligraphy

manga
まんが or 漫画
Japanese comics; refers to comics in general in Japanese

netsuke
根付
a toggle use to tie the sash of a kimono also to attach small items such as inro and kinchaku: sometimes beautifully carved.

noh

a major form of classical Japanese music drama

origami
折り紙
artistic paper folding

otaku
オタク or おたく or ヲタク
a geeky enthusiast, especially of anime and manga

renga
連歌
"renged poetry"; a form of Japanese collaborative poetry

Satsuma
薩摩焼
satsuma-yaki pottery from southern Kyushu

senryu
川柳
a form of short poetry similar to haiku

shakuhachi
尺八
Japanese bamboo flute

shamisen
三味線
a three-stringed musical instrument, played with a plectrum

shunga
春画
erotic pictures

sumi-e
墨絵
Japanese black ink painting

taiko
太鼓
a big drum

tanka
短歌
"short poetry"; an older form of Japanese poetry than haiku, of the form 5-7-5-7-7 morae (not syllables; see also haiku above)

tokusatsu
特撮
special effects

ukiyo-e
浮世絵
a type of woodblock print art or painting

waka
和歌
a genre of Japanese poetry, often refers to tanka
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Would Teriyaki count? XD We use it in everyday language, right??
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karate and sushi too, too. lol saw it in japanese for dummies.
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