Daily life in Japan

In this article, we will guide you to Garbage disposal in Japan and talk about words related to electricity.
Most of foreigners, who come to Japan for the first time, are surprised how strict the rules of trash separation are in Japan.
The Japanese government encourages plastic recycling. Let's become an eco-friendly person in Japan!


General information

In most countries, throwing out garbage can be very simple.
Most foreigners, who come to Japan for the first time, are surprised to see the systematic separation of garbage in the Japanese recycling system.
Each city has its own specific rules, but in general, they are pretty similar.
Trash has to be divided into three categories: burnable, unburnable, and recyclable trash.
When you dispose of your trash, you are required to use official city trash bags, which can be purchased in convenience stores, pharmacies and supermarkets. (引用:https://blog.gaijinpot.com/trash-talk-a-guide-to-garbage-disposal-in-japan/)

Burnable trash

Non-burnable trash

Recyclable trash

Recyclable trash is usually collected once a month.
Containers for liquids or food need to be washed and put in a separate garbage bag.
3Rs! (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) is highly encouraged! (引用: https://blog.gaijinpot.com/trash-talk-a-guide-to-garbage-disposal-in-japan/)

Oversized Garbage

There is a specific fee to throw away air conditioners, washing machines, televisions or refrigerators.
The fee will be different depending on the area and amount of trash. (引用:https://fuyouhin-ibaraki.com/mito-sodaigomi-ryokin/)

Electrical Appliances Button


  1. 電源(Dengen)=Power
  2. 入(Ireru) =On
  3. 開始(Kaishi)=Start/On
  4. 切 (Kiru)=Off
  5. 終了(Shuuryou)=Finish/Off
  6. 切り替え(Kirikae)=Change
  7. 操作(Sousa) =operation
  8. メニュー (Menyuu) =Menu
  9. 上(Ue)=Up
  10. 下(Shita)=Down
  11. 右(Migi)=Right
  12. 左(Hidari)=Left

TV remote controller

  1. 入力切替(Nyuuryoku kirikae) =Change Input
  2. モード切替(Moodo kirikae) =Change Mode
  3. 画面切り替え(Gamenkirikae) =Change screen
  4. チャンネル(Channeru) =Channel
  5. クリア(Kuria) =Delate the characters
  6. アプリ切り替え(Apuri kirikae) =Change APP
  7. アプリ終了(Apuri Syuuryou) =Finish app
  8. 音量(Onryou)=Volume
  9. 地デジ(Chideji)=Terrestrial Digital Broadcasting
  10. 戻る(Modoru) =Back  
  11. 早戻し (Hayamodoshi) =Rewind
  12. 早送り(Hayaokuri) =Fast-wind
  13. 再生(Saisei) =Play
  14. 一時停止(Ichiji teishi) =Pose
  15. 停止(Teishi): Stop
  16. 消音(Shouon) =Turn off the sound
  17. 録画(Rokuga) = Recording
  18. 録画停止 (Rokuga Teishi) =Stop recording
  19. 字幕(Jimaku) =Sub title