Sakana: 2 Different Meanings of the Japanese Word


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  1. Mike says:

    What word would be used for “fish” when referring to living fish, as opposed to fish prepared to be eaten? Thanks!

    • Tomo says:

      Thank you for commenting!
      When referring to living fish too, “Sakana (魚)” is usually used. Sakana can refer to both living and dead fish.
      But the words, “Sengyo (鮮魚)”, literally “Fresh Fish”, and “Katsugyo (活魚)”, literally “Living fish”, are often used regarding sushi, and the former refers to fresh dead fish, while the latter refers to living fish.

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