Japanese Cheat Sheet: Natural Foods

Eat Well, Live Well

By The Savvy Team
July 24, 2016
Food & Drink, Lifestyle

In many ways, Japan is ahead of other developed countries in terms of natural, organic and sustainable foods, but that doesn't mean these things are particularly easy for non-Japanese readers to find and decipher. Below is a list of terms commonly used on the labels of natural food products. Memorize these (or print out the list and take it with you when you go shopping), and you'll open up a whole new world of chemical-free foods.

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放し飼い (hanashigai) – free range

放し飼い卵 (hanashigai tamago) – free range eggs

手づくり / 手作り (tezukuri) – homemade/handmade

無添加 (mutenka) – additive free

無農薬 (munouyaku) – pesticide free

自然派 (shizenha) – all natural

自然食品 (shizen shokuhin) natural product

有機栽培 (yuuki saibai) – organic farming / organically farmed

有機野菜 (yuuki yasai) – organic vegetables

有機 (yuuki) – organic (usually used for foods)

オーガニック – organic (in addition to foods, can also be used for other products, such as cosmetics)

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100%草飼料で育った肉 (hyaku paasento kusashiryou de sodatta niku) – 100 percent grass-fed meat

地元 (jimoto) – local

有機肥料 (yuuki hiryou) – organic fertilizer

農薬 (nouyaku) –  agricultural chemicals (e.g. pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc.)

生産者 (seisansha) – producer; manufacturer

保存料 (hazonryou) – preservatives

着色料 (chakushokuryou) – (food) coloring

遺伝子組み換え (idenshikumikae) – genetically modified; GMO

放射性物質 (houshasei busshitsu) – radioactive material

放射性物質検査合格 (houshasei busshitsu kensa goukaku) – indicates products that have been tested and are free of radiation

グルテンフリー or グルテン不使用 (gluten fushiyou) – gluten free

シュガーフリー or 砂糖不使用 (satou fushiyou) – sugar free

ナッツフリー – nut free

乳製品不使用 (nyuuseihin fushiyou) – dairy free

ベジタリアン – vegetarian

ビーガン – vegan



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