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Traditional Japanese form of wrestling, often said to be Japan's national sport
Japanese 相撲 (sumō), from 相, 'mutual, together' + 撲, 'slap, strike'
Japanese martial art that uses techniques to disable opponents by using their own weight and strength against them
Japanese 柔術 (jūjutsu), literally 'way of softness'
Traditional Japanese weapon consisting of two wooden sticks connected with a chain
Japanese ヌンチャク (nunchaku), believed to be from two Middle Chinese bases meaning 'pair' and 'to dig', respectively
Hereditary commander of the Japanese army
Japanese 将軍 (shōgun), short for 征夷大将軍 (sei-i-tai shōgun), literally 'barbarian-subduing great general'
Cloth-filled mattress placed on the floor for sleeping, then rolled up and stored when not in use
Japanese 布団 (futon), from 布 (fu), 'cloth' + 団 (ton), 'ball, mass'
Ritual suicide by disembowelment, most often committed by disgraced samurai
Japanese 切腹 (seppuku) or 腹切 (harakiri), both meaning 'stomach-cutting'
Poem in three lines or phrases consisting of five, seven and five syllables (or morae), respectively
Japanese 俳句 (haiku), 'haikai verse'; haikai was an earlier rudely unorthodox Japanese verse form
Japanese battle cry
Japanese 万歳 (banzai), literally '(may you live) ten thousand years', originally a greeting addressed to the Emperor
Japanese 'rice wine'
Japanese 酒 (sake), 'sake', also used natively for alcohol in general
Proprietary name of an egg-shaped handheld electronic toy containing a virtual pet, extremely popular in the nineties
Japanese たまごっち (tamagocchi), blend of 卵 (tamago), 'egg' + ウオッチ (uocchi), 'watch' (from English)
Japanese dish of vegetables or seafood battered and deep-fried
Japanese テンプラ (tenpura), probably from Portuguese tempero, 'seasoning'
Antiquated term for the Emperor of Japan, and the title of a famous Gilbert & Sullivan opera
Japanese 帝 or 御門 (both read 'mikado'), the latter meaning literally 'exalted gate', the name of the gate of the Imperial Palace
Poetic English nickname for Japan
Calque (loan-translation) of Japanese endonym 日本 (Nihon, Nippon), literally 'origin of the sun'
Japanese dish of sliced raw fish
Japanese 刺身 (sashimi), from 刺 (sashi), 'pierce' + 身 (mi), 'body, flesh'
Proposed fifth basic taste, corresponding to the 'savoury' flavour of monosodium glutamate and related compounds
Japanese 旨味 (umami), 'deliciousness'
Japanese art of flower arrangement
Japanese 生け花, from 生ける (ikeru), 'keep alive, arrange' + 花 (hana), 'flower'
Bright yellow Namco video game character given to eating dots and avoiding ghosts
Japanese パックマン (pakkuman), from ぱくぱく (paku-paku), 'flapping open and closed, as the mouth' + マン (man), 'man' (from English)
Plant native to Japan whose spicy root is often served with sushi, etc.
Japanese わさび (wasabi), sometimes written 山葵, from 山, 'mountain' + 葵, 'hollyhock'
Covert mercenary of feudal Japan trained in assassination and espionage
Japanese 忍者 (ninja), from 忍 (nin), 'endurance, stealth' + 者 (sha), 'person'
In the Street Fighter series of video games: a blast of chi energy produced by Ryu, Ken, Sakura, etc., canonically executed by inputting ↓↘→ + punch
Japanese 波動拳 (hadōken), literally 'wave motion fist'
Japanese massage therapy in which pressure is applied to the body with the thumbs, fingers and palms
Japanese 指圧 (shiatsu), literally 'finger pressure'
Person with obsessive and often niche interests, especially with regard to anime, manga or video games
Japanese オタク (otaku), slang use of お宅 (otaku), 'your house'
Any of various Japanese organized crime syndicates
Japanese ヤクザ (yakuza), 'eight-nine-three', the worst possible hand in the Japanese card game oicho-kabu
Japanese unit of currency
Japanese 円 (en), 'round thing, yen'
(Zen Buddhism) A nonsensical question or paradox given to a student for meditation
Japanese 公案 (kōan), from 公 (kō), 'public' + 案 (an), 'plan, material for thought'
Japanese art of growing dwarf trees and shrubs, or one of the plants themselves
Japanese ぼんさい (bonsai), 'tray-planting'
In Western usage: sexually explicit anime, manga, video games, etc. from Japan
Japanese 変態 (hentai), 'metamorphosis, abnormality, pervert', from 変 (hen), 'strange' + 態 (tai), 'attitude'
Current capital of Japan
Japanese 東京 (Tōkyō), literally 'eastern capital'
Proprietary brand of Japanese melon liqueur
Japanese 緑 (midori), 'green', the colour of the liqueur
Japanese さようなら (sayōnara), literally 'if it is to be thus'
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