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Fish names in Japanese

 List of Kanji characters for fish. Kanji, Hiragana, Romaji, and English.

 Contains 206 kanji characters for fish.

kanji 'fish' radical at left

Many of the kanji characters in the fish version are used in the names of fish.

In Japan, it is often seen in fresh fish stores, supermarkets, and everyday life.

We have listed in Japanese syllabary order the kanji for ichi-hen (魚偏) or fish, which are often depicted on teacups at sushi restaurants.

*Includes those not named after fish.

Fish names in Japanese

 

 List of kanji characters with a fish bias "in Japanese syllabary order".

 Kanji characters for fish that do not contain a fish bias.


Fish names in Japanese

Kanji characters for "A" line. "fish" radical.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
あさり Asari short-neck clam
あざれ azare fish rot
あじ aji jack mackerel, horse mackerel
あみ ami krill
あめのうお amenouo Biwa trout
あゆ ayu sweetfish
𩺊 あら ara saw-edged perch, Rock-cod
あわび awabi abalone
あわび awabi abalone
鮟鱇 あんこう ankou anglerfis
いか ika squid
いか ika squid
いか ika squid
いさざ isaza ice goby
いしもち ishimochi white croaker, blue drum
いせえび isebi spiny lobster
魚鬼 いとう itoh Japanese Huchen
いな ina Flathead gray mullet
いるか iruka Common dolphin
いわし iwashi sardine
いわし iwashi sardine
いわな iwana Salvelinus
𩸶 いわな iwana Salvelinus
うきぶくろ・ふえ ukibukuro a fish bladder
うぐい ugui Japanese dace
うぐい ugui Japanese dace
うなぎ unagi eel
うみがめ umigame Sea turtle
うるか uruka salted sweetfish guts
うろこ uroko scale
えい ei stingray
えい ei stingray
えそ eso lizardfish
えび ebi shrimp
えら era gills
えり eri fish trap
おおぼら ohbora Aged mullet
おこぜ okoze stingfish
鯿 おしきうお oshikiuo bream

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Kanji characters for "Ka" line. "fish" radical.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
かじか kazika Japanese fluvial sculpin, a bullhead
かずのこ kazunoko herring roe
かつお katsuo skipjack tuna
かに kani crab
かぶとがに kabutogani Tachypleus tridentatus, xiphosuran
かます kamasu Sphyraena japonica, barracuda
かます kamasu Sphyraena japonica, barracuda
からすみ karasumi dried mullet roe, Botargo
かれい karei flounder, flatfish
かれい karei flounder, flatfish
かわはぎ kawahagi filefish
ぎぎ gigi Bagridae, cut-tailed bullhead
きす kisu Japanese sillago
くじら kujira Whale
こい koi Carp
こち kochi Bartail flathead, Platycephalus
こち kochi Bartail flathead, Platycephalus
このしろ konoshiro Dotted gizzard shad
このしろ konoshiro Dotted gizzard shad
このしろ konoshiro Dotted gizzard shad
このしろ konoshiro Dotted gizzard shad
こばんざめ kobanzame Live sharksucker, sharksucker, suckerfish
ごり gori fish of the genus Rhinogobius, Japanese fluvial sculpin

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Kanji characters for "Sa" line. "fish" radical.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
さけ sake salmon
さけ sake salmon
さば saba Mackerel
さめ same shark
さより sayori Japanese halfbeak
さわら sawara spanish mackerel
さんしょううお sansyouuo Salamander
しいら shiira Mahi-mahi, Dorado, Common dolphinfish
しゃち shachi Killer Whale, Orca
しらうお shirauo Japanese icefish, Lindberg skate
すけとうだら suketohdara Alaska pollock
すし sushi sushi
すし sushi sushi
すずき suzuki sea bass
すばしり subashiri juvenile mullet
するめ surume dried squid
せいご seigo a young sea bass.

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Kanji characters for "Ta" line. "fish" radical.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
たい tai sea bream, red snapper
たかべ takabe Yellowstriped Butterfish
たこ tako octopus
たちうお tachiuo cutlass fish, hairtail, belt fish
たなご tanago Japanese bitterling
たら tara Cod, Haddock
ちょうざめ tyouzame Sturgeon
このしろ・だぼはぜ konoshiro goby
どじょう dojou Pond loach, Weather
どじょう dojou Pond loach, Weather
とど todo Nothern sea lion
𩹉 とびうお tobiuo Flying fish

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Kanji characters for "Na" line. "fish" radical.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
なまず namazu Japanese common catfish, Amur catfish
なまず namazu Japanese common catfish, Amur catfish
なます namasu dish of raw fish and vegetables seasoned in vinegar.
にしん nishin Pacific herring
にしん nishin Pacific herring
にべ nibe Nibe croaker
のぎ nogi small fish bone stuck in one's throat.

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Kanji characters for "Ha" line. "fish" radical.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
はす hasu Opsariichthys uncirostris
はす hasu Opsariichthys uncirostris
はぜ haze goby fish
はたはた hatahata Sailfin sandfish
はたはた hatahata Sailfin sandfish
はまち hamachi a young yellowtail
はも hamo pike conger
はや haya minnow
はや haya minnow
こん kon imaginary fish (kun)
はらわた harawata gut a fish
ひがい higai Biwa-higai Fat minnow
ひしこ hishiko Japanese anchovy
ひらめ hirame Bastard halibut, Olive flounder
ひれ hire fin
ふか fuka a (giant) shark
ふぐ fugu abalone, puffer fish
ふな funa crucian carp
ぶり buri yellowtail
ほうぼう houbou Bluefin searobin
𩸽 ほっけ hokke atka mackerel
ぼら bora Flathead mullet, Gray mullet
ぼら bora Flathead mullet, Gray mullet

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Kanji characters for "Ma" line. "fish" radical.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
まぐろ maguro Tuna
ます masu Trout, salmon trout
まて・こち kochi Bartail flathead
まながつお managatsuo harvestfish, Silver pomfret
むつ mutsu Gnomefish
むろあじ muroaji Amberstripe scad
めばる mebaru Japanese rockfish, Japanese sea perch

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Kanji characters for "Ya-Ra-Wa" line. "fish" radical.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
やもめ yamome widower
魚強 ろうにんあじ rohninaji Giant trevally
わかさぎ wakasagi Japanese pond smelt
魚夏 わかし wakashi young Japanese amberjack
わに wani Crocodile

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Fish names in Japanese

Kanji characters for fish that do not contain a fish bias."A" line.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
藍子 あいご aigo Mottled spinefoot
愛女魚 あいなめ ainame Fat greenling
鮎魚女 あいなめ ainame Fat greenling
泥障烏賊 あおりいか aoriika Bigfin Reef Squid
石茂魚 あこう akou Redspotted grouper
穴子 あなご anago conger eel
雨子 あまご amago Amago trout
香魚 あゆ ayu sweetfish
章花魚 いいだこ iidako Webfoot octopus, ocellated octopus
玉筋魚 いかなご ikanago Japanese sando lance
伊佐木 いさき isaki Threeline grunt
大師魚 いしなぎ ishinagi striped jewfish
石投 いしなぎ ishinagi striped jewfish
石持 いしもち ishimochi White Croaker, Blue drum
糸魚 いとよ itoyo three-spined stickleback
伊良 いら ira Tuskfish
岩魚 いわな iwana Char
桃花魚 うぐい ugui Japanese dace
薄眼張 うすめばる usumebaru Goldeye rockfish
馬面剥 うまずらはぎ umazurahagi Black scraper, Filefish
狗母魚 えそ eso lizardfish
追川 おいかわ oikawa freshwater minnow
虎魚 おこぜ okoze stingfish, scorpion fish, stonefish
大鮃 おひょう ohyou halibut

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Kanji characters for fish that do not contain a fish bias. "Ka" line.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
貝割 かいわり kaiwari Whitefin trevally
笠子 かさご kasago False kelpfish, Marbled rockfish
梶木 かじき kajiki Marlin, Swordfish
金頭 かながしら kanagashira Lepidotrigla microptera Gunther
梭子魚 かます kamasu barracuda
皮剥 かわはぎ kawahagi Thread-sail filefish
間八 かんぱち kanpachi greater amberjack
喜知次 きちじ kichiji Broadbanded thornyhead, Kichiji rockfish
吉備奈子 きびなご kibinago Silver-stripe round herring, slender sprat
九仙 きゅうせん kyusen Multicolorfin rainbowfish
銀宝 ぎんぽ ginpo tidepool gunnel, gunnels
九絵 くえ kue longtooth grouper
黒曹以 くろそい kurosoi black rockfish, Korean rockfish, Jacopever
源五郎鮒 げんごろうぶな gengorobuna Japanese white crucian carp
小女子 こうなご kounago young sand lance, young lancefish
氷下魚 こまい komai Saffron cod
石伏 ごり gori dusky tripletooth goby, fish of the genus Rhinogobius
権瑞 ごんずい gonzui Japanese eel catfish

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Kanji characters for fish that do not contain a fish bias. "Sa-Ta-Na" line.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
狭腰 さごし sagoshi a young spanish mackerel
細魚 さより sayori Japanese halfbeak
針魚 さより sayori Japanese halfbeak
三番叟 さんばそう sanbasou a young striped beakfish
秋刀魚 さんま sanma Pacific saury
青串魚 さんま sanma Pacific saury
柳葉魚 ししゃも shishamo shishamo smelt, capelin
潮際河豚 しょうさいふぐ shousaifugu Globefish, Takifugu snyderi
白魚 しらうお shirauo a Japanese icefish, a white fish
釈迦魚 たかべ takabe Yellowstriped butterfish
吻長魚 だつ datsu Needlefish, garfish
近目金時 ちかめきんとき chikamekintoki Longfinned bullseye
知奴 ちぬ chinu Japanese black seabream, Japanese black porgy
飛魚 とびうお tobiuo Flying fish
春告魚 にしん nishin herring
喉腐 のどぐさり(ねずみごち) nodogusari big-eyed flathead, Richard's dragonet

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Kanji characters for fish that do not contain a fish bias. "Ha-Ma-Ya-Ra-Wa" line.

Kanji Hiragana Roman character English
秋太郎 ばしょうかじき bashoukajiki Indo-Pacific sailfish
羽太 はた hata Grouper
柊魚 ひいらぎ hiiragi Spotnape ponyfish
平政 ひらまさ hiramasa Yellowtail amberjack, Kingfish
平目 ひらめ hirame a large-tooth flounder
倍良 べら bera Wrasse
的鯛 まとうだい matoudai John dory
翻車魚 まんぼう manbou Sunfish
眼仁奈 めじな mejina Largescale Blackfish
眼張 めばる mebaru Japanese rockfish
諸子 もろこ moroko willow gudgeon
簳魚 やがら yagara cornetfish
山女魚 やまめ yamame Yamame trout
雷魚 らいぎょ raigyo Snakehead
公魚 わかさぎ wakasagi Japanese smelt

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