How To Say, “Rich” and “Poor” In Japanese

February 8th, 2011 in Japanese Grammar

Kane or 金, is defined as 1. a metal, 2. money; cash; a coin.

Japanese elementary schoolers learn this kanji in the first grade. It is easy to remember because it resembles what it represents – The kanji 金, looks like treasure in a chest, shining brightly.

You call a rich person, o-kane mochi, or literally holder of the gold.

O-kane mochi  – rich, wealthy
お金持ち

You call a poor person bimbo^.

bimbo^  – poor
貧乏

 

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