Meaning

Primary

Pickled Plums

Alternatives

Pickled Ume, Umeboshi

Word Type

noun

Explanation

This is a food pretty specific to Japan, making it a slightly weird one to learn. You have a Japanese Plum. Then you have dry. So when the Japanese plum is dried, it's not a dried plum (that would be too easy), it is a pickled plum or pickled ume. If you know the name of this food, you can call it by that too: umeboshi.

Reading

うめぼし
  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading for this one, like the meaning, is kind of strange. It's the kun'yomi readings, so apologies in advance for that. You have うめ plus ぼし, which comes from 干す though the is stuffed inside the for some reason. It's also rendaku'd. Basically, everything is all screwed up, so you know, deal with it. This food is awesome, and common, so you have to learn it. I guess the pickling process has mangled the reading of this word. At least it tastes good.

Context

Context Sentences

私は梅干おにぎりが大好きです。

I love umeboshi rice balls.

梅干しは塩分が多いので、食べすぎには注意です。

Dried plums are high in salt, so be careful not to eat too many.

梅干は何に混ぜて食べても美味しい。

Umeboshi can be mixed with anything.

Kanji Composition