Amatou & Karatou: Meanings of the Japanese Words

I’m more of an Amatou (甘党) than a Karatou (辛党). But do you know what I mean? 

Meaning: Amatou & Karatou

Some Japanese people may talk to you like this about their food and drink preferences.

But what do the Japanese terms Amatou (甘党) and Karatou (辛党) stand for? This article will explain their meaning.

Amatou (甘党)

Amatou a sweet tooth

First, Amatou (pronunciation) is the Japanese term for “sweet tooth” in English.

In its word, Ama (甘) stands for sweets, while Tou (党) means party or group. So Ama-Tou refers to one that is a member of the group loving sweets.

Karatou (辛党)

Karatou who loves to drink

In contrast, in the term Karatou (pronunciation), Kara (辛), literally referring to spicy things, is the antonym for Ama (甘).

In modern times, Kara-Tou usually represents people who love to drink alcohol rather than eat confections or sweets.

But the word may sometimes refer to people who prefer spicy or salty foods to sweets.

(Reference Pages: Wikipedia 辛党, Kotobank 辛党 )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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