The meaning of aki (秋, 空き) in Japanese and how to use it

This article will give you all of the knowledge you need on the Japanese word aki, including its Japanese definition and translation, example sentences, related expressions and more!

What does aki mean?

The Japanese noun aki means the autumn/fall season (written as 秋) or alternatively space/empty seat (空き).

Japanese is a sound-poor language, so it is common for the same sound to have several different meanings. Usually, you can tell the different meanings apart from their kanji characters (like above) or simply from the context.

Aki meaning 1: Autumn

The most common meaning of aki is the autumn/fall season.

Below, we take a look at some examples of how to use aki in Japanese.

To make it easier for you, I have written each sentence in full Japanese kanji on the first line, followed by roman letters (romaji), and hiragana, with the English meaning coming last.

Kanojo wa aki ni kaigai ni ikimasu.
She will go overseas in the fall.

Haru to kurabete, nihon no aki wa atatakai.
Compared to the spring, Japan’s autumn is warm.

Iyo iyo aki ga kita.
Autumn is finally here.

Aki wa oishii ryouri ga ooi jiki desu.
Autumn is a time that has lots of nice foods.

Nihon no shiki no naka de ha, aki wa ichiban sugoshiyasui.
Of Japan’s four seasons, the fall is the most pleasant.

Aki meaning 2: Empty seat

When written as 空き, aki stands for space or an empty seat (also see the verb aku).

Ano kafue wa ninki de nakanaka aki ga nai.
That café is so popular there are rarely any empty seats.

Raishuu nara mada aki beya ga aru.
There are still some available rooms next week.
(note that the aki in front of heya turns the sound into beya)