Random Kanji Knowledge: Ryouri
Cooking has become one of my go-to hobbies I do when I need to let some stress out. It’s very relaxing for me to take out my frustrations by channeling it into a dish I am preparing. I don’t claim to be a cooking prodigy by any means. Truth be told, just last year I had to be taught how to cut properly with a knife and whatnot. I am basically a noobie home cook at best.
Still, I find cooking to be a very enjoyable activity these days. Whenever I get the chance, I want to bust out the pots and pans to whip up something for my own amusement.
Today’s random kanji is ryouri (料理), the Japanese word for cooking.
料理 is made up of two kanji symbols for its compound.
The 料 (ryou) part refers to food/cooking. The 理 (ri) refers to “logic.” So put the two kanji characters together, and the compound means the logic of cooking in a way.
料理 is a particularly useful word in Japanese when you want to refer to a specific kind of cuisine.
インディア料理 (Indiia ryouri) —> Indian cuisine
スペイン料理 (Supein ryouri) —> Spanish cuisine
アメリカ料理 (Amerika ryouri) —> American cuisine
After all, who doesn’t love to eat? We need it to survive, but as humans we like to mix it up for our palates. I like cooking because I can create stuff. It’s fun to make something yummy (or at least try to). Case in point, check out the curry I made for dinner tonight.