What is the meaning of nichijou (日常) in Japanese?

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

What does nichijou mean?

In Japanese, nichijou means everyday, daily, or normal. You may have heard of it from the famous manga by Keiichi Arawi.

As you might guess, it’s a fairly useful word to know. Let’s take a look at how to use it.

Example usage of nichijou

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

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

Nichijou de yoku tsukau kanji
Kanji characters often used in everyday life

Hayaku nichijou ni modotte hoshii to omotteiru.
I hope life gets back to normal soon.

Nichijou is commonly paired with seikatsu to mean everyday life, as below.

Nichijou seikatsu de eigo wo hanasu kikai ga nai.
I don’t have the opportunity to speak English in my everyday life.

You can also use the nichijouteki when talking about something you do on a regular basis.

Kare wa nichijouteki ni osake wo nondeiru.
He drinks alcohol on a regular basis.

Nichijyou sahanji stands for a regular occurrence in Japanese

Nichijou sahanji (日常茶飯事, にちじょうさはんじ;literally everyday rice boiled in tea) is a related expression that takes the meaning of nothing out of the ordinary or a regular occurrence.

Uchi no kazoku de wa kenka nante nichijou sahanji da yo.
Arguments are a regular occurrence in our family.

Why example sentences?

Learning Japanese can seem like a daunting task at first. The grammar and forms of politeness are very different from what English native speakers are used to.

You also have three distinct writing systems to get the hang of. I know it was difficult for me when I started out in 2005. But don’t let the kanji fool you! Like any language, Japanese is conquered one word at a time.

Example sentences are a large part of how I achieved fluency and became a professional translator. That’s why I’m writing this series of articles to break down new words in simple terms. I hope they will be useful.

A couple of bonus tips

Here are a couple of additional pointers to supercharge your learning.

1. Learn new vocabulary terms with example sentences
It’s much easier to remember the meaning of a new word within a sentence rather than in isolation. Use sites such as Linguee to find helpful examples for the term you want to learn.

2. Focus on verbs first and foremost.
Verbs will allow you to quickly construct your own sentences so they should be the main part of your study early on. You can always learn the Japanese for pencil sharpener when you actually need it.