With the changing of seasons comes the changing of one’s wardrobe! To help demonstrate this change of clothing, we’re going to play dress up with our very own kisekae ningyou (paper doll)! While the Japanese language does borrow some words for articles of clothing from Western countries, there are a variety of words that even make distinctions on the area of the body the clothing is being worn. So pay close attention and when you’re preparing your wardrobe for the cooler temperatures, remember these words!
Kisekae ningyou – paper doll (used in "dress up")
Kisekae – change clothing (play dress up)
Kiseru – to make someone/something wear
Kaeru – to change clothing
Hazukashii – embarrass
Shitagi – underwear
Fuku – clothing
Youfuku – Western style clothing
Wafuku – traditional Japanese clothing
Minzoku ishou – one’s home country’s traditional dress
Shatsu – tops/shirts
Shatsu wo kiru – to wear a shirt
Sode – sleeves
Naga sode – long sleeves
Han sode – short sleeves
Sode wo toosu – (expression) first time wearing an article of clothing (lit. pass your arm through your sleeve
Zubon – pants
Naga zubon – pants that reach the ankles
Han zubon – shorts
Pantsu uriba wa doko desu ka? – where are the panties sold?
Suka-to – skirt
Suka-to/zubon wo haku – to wear a skirt/pants
Kutsu – shoes
Kutsushita – socks
Kutsushita/kutsu wo haku – to wear socks/shoes
Uwagi – outerwear
Haoru – to wear (outerwear)
Uwagi wo haoru – to wear outerwear (jacket)
Kaze hikanaidene~! – don’t catch a cold!
So when you get dressed each morning, try to remember some of these words!
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- Oct 13, 2012 at 12:00 am