Kanji Cheat Sheet: Rice Cookers

Mastering Japanese Home Appliances

Cooking rice has never been easier!

Love it or hate it, you can’t avoid rice while living in Japan. It’s the prime meal on every Japanese dinner, the best company to all your Washoku favorites and the nutrient-rich meal that can keep you full throughout the day. But how often do you find yourself frustrated at all the many buttons your rice cooker at home has? Or ending up using only the largest button, ignoring the rest because you can’t fully understand them? 

If you have at least once in your journey in Japan shifted to a regular pot because you couldn’t be bothered deciphering your rice cooker, here’s your one stop guide — a list of the most commonly used rice cooker kanji characters.

Rice Cookers Kanji and Kana

The main buttons

  • 炊飯 Suihan  Cook (Boil) Rice
    Gets the work done in a single push
  • 保温  Hoon Keeping it warm
    Keeps the rice warm until you open the lid. Push this button again if you want to continue warming it up even after opening.
  • 予約 Yoyaku Preset
    Use this one to get your rice cooking even when you’re not at home. Estimate after how many hours (時)you’ll be back, keep pushing the button until you see the correct hour and enjoy the smell of freshly boiled rice as you return home.
  • メニュー  Menyuu Menu
    Use this one to select any options
  • 取り消し Torikeshi Cancel
    Use this one when you’ve changed your mind and want pasta instead of rice.
  • 早炊き  Hayadaki Quick boil
    Use this one when you want your rice cooked ASAP!
  •  Kiru Off
    Use when you’ve had enough of it

Set up

  • コース  Coosu Course
    Use to specify what type of rice and how you want it cooked
  • 選択 Sentaku Select
    Use to select the menu you prefer
  • Ji(kan) Hour
    Use when presetting
  • Fun Minute
    Shows up to tell you in how many minutes your rice will be ready

For different types of rice

  • お粥/おかゆ Okayu Porridge
  • 玄米  Genmai Brown rice
  • 白米  Hakumai White rice
  • 炊き込み Takikomi Mixed rice seasoned with dashi and soy sauce
  • 無洗米  Musenmai Pre-washed rice
  • おこわ  Okowa Sticky rice
  • 雑穀米 Zakkokumai  Mixed grain rice

Preferences

  • 普通/ふつう  Futsuu Normal
  • 硬め/かため Katame Hard
  • 柔らかめ/やわらかめ Yawarakame  Soft
  • 標準  Hyojun Standard

Have trouble with other appliances in Japanese? Check out our other kanji cheat sheet articles for general appliances, washers and dryers, microwave ovens and air conditioners.

Have you ever had a mishap caused by not being able to read the Japanese on a household appliance? Share your experiences in the comments!

Article compiled by Tiffany Liao. 

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