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Kanji Life hack Air conditioner


I have never felt that air conditioner can be complicated till I was here in Japan. I came from the country known for never-ending summer. And same as many Asian fellows we only use air conditioner to make it cooler, so there are only a few buttons on the remote control. But here in Japan where the temperature can go from minus to brazen hot, days of rain and dry autumn; its only natural for more buttons for air conditioning and make it ever so confusing especially when you do not know the Kanji. I believe that I am not the only one.


To help out kanji-challenged expats in Japan (like me), I’ve put together the following list of characters and also some pictures of the Japanese Air conditioner remote control with English translation  to help you get your house at the optimal temperature, without pushing every button on the remote in a desperate trial-and-error strategy.

Airconditioner Kanji translation

Temperature Control Kanji and Kana

温度     temperature

切替 / 運転切替    change operating mode

運転切換    operating mode

暖房    heat/warm

冷房    cool

ドライ    dry (cool) air

冷房    cold air (air conditioning)

送風    fan only

除湿    dehumidify

換気    ventilate

風量    fan speed

弱    gentle/weak

強    strong

風向    air flow direction

空清  / 空気清浄    clean/filter air in room

気流    take in outside air

フルパワー    full power

Hope this will make it a bit easier to switch your air conditioning unit to heating mode or to use it as a dehumidifier this winter.



References Tokuzato


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