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Japanese Word for "Music"

The Japanese word for music is ongaku. Phonetically, you'd say it "ohn-gah-koo".

Below are the two kanji that make up ongaku:

The kanji for sound--pronounced ohn The kanji for music/comfort--pronounced gah-koo

Here's how you'd write ongaku, the Japanese word for music, in hiragana:

Hiragana for o, pronounced ohHiragana for the letter n Hiragana for ga, pronounced gah Hiragana for ku, pronounced koo

If you wanted to ask someone what kind of music he/she likes, you'd just ask "Donna ongaku ga suki desu ka".

Click here to check out how to say and write more Japanese words


Did you know...
The word for fish eyes—a popular delicacy in Japan known as medama—is made up of the Japanese characters for "eye" and "jewel".


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