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Winter is coming!

And whether you’ll be spending this winter in Japan or abroad, there are lots of beautiful Japanese words for the winter season that you should know.

Perhaps you already know that Japan has a lot of seasonal words. In Japan, people love to observe the changing seasons with seasonal foods, activities and festivals.

So today, let’s study some Japanese winter words! We’ll learn useful words to use in Japan in winter, as well as Japanese winter foods and customs.

I’ve included lots of words related to the New Year, because New Year is the major winter celebration in Japan (similar to Christmas in Western countries).

If you know any other good winter words, share them with us in the comments!

Fuyu (冬)

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Yukidaruma means snowman in Japanese. Just like any other country, children love to build cute snowmen when it snows.

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The first part of the word, yuki, means snow. The second part, daruma, is a kind of round Japanese doll. Yukidaruma do look more like a ‘daruma’ than a ‘man’!

Bonus word: yukiusagi (雪うさぎ)

As well as snowmen, Japanese children love to make yukiusagi – snow bunnies! Usagi means rabbit in Japanese. Yuki usagi are smaller and easier to make than snowmen. Usually they are decorated with red berries for eyes and green leaves for ears.