Japanese Decoded: Microwave Ovens
It's Time To Heat Things Up
Japanese microwaves are handy things but to be honest, maybe too much... Too many options with too many kanjis can make your kitchen life a mess. Here is some essential Japanese to decipher your microwave oven!
The almost infinite list of options available on your Japanese microwave oven is as marvelous as frightening. When you don’t read the language, trying to do something as simple as heating your milk can take ages—and end in a kitchen disaster. We gathered some essential vocabulary you will need when facing this metal and plastic monster.
Microwave Oven 101
Let’s begin with the most essential functionalities of your Japanese microwave oven! From heating to the life-saving cancel function:
|あたためスタート||atatame sutaato||Start heating|
|電子レンジ||denshi renji||Microwave mode|
|とりけし / 取り消し||torikeshi||Cancel|
Well, it’s about time…
Picking up the right option is not enough, you still have to tell your oven how long you want it to work—let’s avoid a scorched doria or uncooked chicken fillets.
Some microwaves will propose quick menu options for those of us that are pressed by time: just tap on your desired program and your meal will basically cook it by itself!
|トースト / トースター||toosuto/toosutaa||Toaster mode|
|1枚 / 2枚||ichi mai/ni mai||One/Two slices (for toast)|
|フライ||furai||Reheat fried items|
|のみもの / 飲み物||nomimono||Drinks|
And here you go, you should be able to defeat your unreadable Japanese microwave oven now. If other appliances are giving you a hard time, don’t forget to check our washing machine & dryer guide, or our air conditioning guide.
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