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Japanese words in English?

Origin: 布団 (futon)
First known use: 1876

There are a surprisingly large number of Japanese loanwords in English, though these are concentrated in particular word categories. Here are some examples:


bonsai, anime, origami, karaoke, haiku, manga, karate, judo, aikido, jujutsu


tycoon, Shogun, mikado


typhoon, tsunami


Zen, Shinto 


kimono, obi


sushi, satsuma, miso, tempura, saki

Oxford English Dictionary editor, John Simpson, explains here how Japanese words entered English in three distinct historical phases 

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