Yuki 雪

It is said that eskimos have the most words for snow in their language – fifty apparently! Quite impressive. I don’t think there are as many in Japanese, but over the past few days while it’s been snowing in Japan, I’ve picked up a few words relating to snow, yuki 雪 in Japanese:

粉雪 (kona yuki): powdered snow

綿雪 (wata yuki): cotton like snow

牡丹雪 (botan yuki): large flakes of snow

I like the idea of wata yuki ^ ^

And here’s one more important word for snow: 積もる tsumoru, which means to pile up/accumulate. Because there’s almost no point in having snow if it doesn’t stick right?! 😉


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