Meaning

Primary

Very Japanese

Alternative

Typically Japanese

Word Type

な adjective

Explanation

Things that are targeted as Japanese are more than just Japanese, they are very Japanese. This word may be hard to understand at first, but there are many things the Japanese consider to be Japanese-only. These theories range from reasonable to ridiculous, but either way, you'll see them described as 日本的.

Reading

にほんてき
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well. It will help if you know how to read 日本 as well.

Context

Pattern of Use

  • 日本的な〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 日本的な考え方
    a very Japanese way of thinking
    日本的なデザイン
    a very Japanese design
    日本的な人
    a very Japanese person

Context Sentences

日本的なくらしにあこがれています。

I yearn for a Japan-style life.

このアニメはとても日本的ですね。

This anime is very Japanese, yeah?

フグは、サーモンの中に「日本的な優しさ」を見出した。

Fugu found a very Japanese gentleness in Salmon.

Kanji Composition