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Washing clothes has been a very basic skill, one that I have taken for granted. That was until I came to Japan and found myself illiterate and could not make heads or tails of any Kanji on the washing machine I was trying to use.
Being in Japan it’s more than highly likely that your washing machine and other house hold appliances will be written in kanji and hiragana.
While some may get by with similarities; how your machine is similar to the one back home. But to some with totally different climate, it may not be surprising the washing machines here can really be all that different.
Well if you’re another one out there who are struggling with it, not to worry, below is a Kanji Cheat Sheet that though it may not tell you exactly what to do and there may be thousands of models, but if you know the basic concepts, you’ll be able to get the job done.
柔軟剤 fabric softener
洗濯コース washing course
毛布 / もうふ heavy (blankets/linen)
手洗い / 念入り gentle wash
わが家流 personalized settings
洗濯 / 洗い / あらい wash
脱水 spin dry
一時停止 / いちじていし pause
冷水 cold water
温水 warm water
水量 water volume
水位 water level
給水 water supply
洗濯のみ wash only
乾燥のみ dry only
洗・乾切替 to switch between washing/drying
洗濯～乾燥連続運転 continuous wash to dry operation
室内干し indoor drying / hanging clothes inside
ソフト温風 soft warm air
送風 cool air
高温 hot/high temperature
控えめ low temperature/controlled drying
For other Kanji Cheatsheets, check our Air conditioner cheat sheet
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