What does “kaki (かき)” mean in Japanese?

This time, I will explain “kaki” in Japanese. There are so many meanings for “kaki” that you might hate learning Japanese. However, you will get used to it by learning it in context little by little.

Kaki (牡蠣)

What does “kaki(かき)” mean in Japanese?

Meaning: Oyster

Romaji: Kaki

Hiragana: かき

Katakana: カキ

Kanji: 牡蠣

Kaki(牡蠣) means oyster. The Kanji is difficult to write, so not many Japanese people can write it, but many can read it. Therefore, when writing by hand, we usually write “カキ” in katakana instead of hiragana.

Kaki(牡蠣) has a slightly different pronunciation than Kaki (柿).

Kaki (柿)

What does “kaki(かき)” mean in Japanese?

Meaning: Persimmon

Romaji: Kaki

Hiragana: かき

Katakana: カキ

Kanji: 柿

Persimmons, which grew naturally in the Yangtze River basin in China, spread to East Asia through cultivation and are now a representative autumn fruit tree in Japan.

The kanji for Kaki (柿) is easy to write, so writing the kanji for Kaki (柿) makes it easy to distinguish it from other Kaki.

Kaki No Tane (柿の種)

Kaki No Tane (柿の種)
Kaki No Tane is a rice cracker originating in Japan with a soy sauce flavor and chili pepper spiciness. It is called a persimmon seed because it resembles the seed of the persimmon tree in color and shape.

10 types of Kaki No Tane snacks from Japan.

Kaki (下記)

Meaning: Following / Below

Romaji: Kaki

Kanji: 下記

Kaki(下記) is not a simple term; it is used in business and reference books.

・Kaki wo gorankudasai。
“Please see below.”

・Syousai wa Kaki no tooridesu
“The details are listed below.”

・Kaki no rinku wo sansyou shitekudasai
“Please refer to the following link.”

Kaki (夏期/夏季)

What does “kaki(かき)” mean in Japanese? Kaki kousyuu 夏期講習

Meaning: Summer Season

Romaji: Kaki

Kanji: 夏期/夏季

Kaki(夏期) means “summer season” and is often used in Japanese as the term “Kaki kousyuu 夏期講習 (summer course).”

Kaki (書き)

Kaki (書き)

Meaning: Write

Romaji: Kaki

Kanji: 書き

・Tegami wo kaki masu
“I write a letter.”

Kaki (火器)

Meaning: Firearms

Romaji: Kaki

Kanji: 火器

Although we don’t use it very often, Kaki also has the term Firearms. Even if you ask a Japanese person Kaki (火器) arimasuka? (Do you have Kaki?), they will say Kaki?
However, if you write Kaki (火器) in kanji, you can understand it when reading a book.

In short

The term Kaki has many meanings and is very complicated. However, Kaki alone is mainly “oyster” or “persimmon,” so I think it will be easier to understand if you remember from here.


I am writing articles with the intention of conveying the idea of "Good old Japan" from the perspective of Japanese people.

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