The meaning of hikari (光) in Japanese and how to use it

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

What does hikari mean?

Hikari (光、ひかり) means light or ray in Japanese. Hikari is a noun based on the verb hikaru (光る、ひかる), to shine. Like in English, hikari can be either literal (physical light) or metaphorical (“a light in my life” or a form of hope).

Taiyou no hikari (太陽の光) means sunlight or sunshine. This literally translates as light of the sun (taiyou = the sun, no = possessive particle for “of”). Hi no hikari (日の光) has a similar meaning.

Below, we take a look at some examples of how to use hikari and taiyou no hikari in Japanese. But first, a little music!

Hikari: A bright blast from the past

The song Hikari by Hikaru Utada is one of my favorite J-pop tunes of the 00s, if not of all time.

Give it a listen!

どんな時だって Donna toki datte
側にいるから Soba ni iru kara
君というが私を見つける Kimi to iu hikari ga watashi wo mitsukeru
真夜中に Mayonaka ni

No matter what the time
You’re by my side
So you are the light that finds me
In the middle of the night

Hikari: Hikaru Utada

Example sentences using hikari

Hikari is the Japanese word for light or ray.

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. I have also highlighted the new word in bold.

Taiyou no hikari wa kimochi ii.
The sunlight feels nice.

Asa wa taiyou no hikari ga mabushii.
The morning sunlight is bright.

Tsuki no hikari de hon wo yomu koto ha me ni warui.
It is bad for your eyes to read by moonlight.

Hikari yori mo hayai mono wa shirareteinai.
Nothing that we know of is faster than light.

Haru no hi no hikari wa kanari kaiteki desu.
Sunshine in the spring is quite pleasant.

Kimi wa boku no hikari desu.
You are the light of my life (lit: you are my light).