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Last updated: 2005-06-18

Compiled and written by Philbert Ono

What's this? List of photography-related words in English and Japanese. The Main List has 1100+ words (click on the alphabet links). Many of the words are also categorized in separate lists (General, Camera, etc.). Meanwhile, the J-E List is a separate Japanese-to-English list of essential words not included in the Main List. And Signs is a photo gallery of Japanese signs explained in English.

Note: If the Japanese term contains an English word, the English word is spelled in normal English in the romanization. This is for easier recognition and maybe easier pronunciation and understanding. If the Japanese term is identical to the Engiish, a left arrow <- is displayed (you still have to pronounce it in the Japanese katakana way). Macrons are provided to indicate long vowel sounds. Credits here.

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vacation yasumi 休み Day off/holiday: kyūjitsu 休日
National holiday: saijitsu 祭日
Weekend: shūmatsu 週末
3-day weekend: san-renkyū 3連休
Consecutive national holidays: renkyū 連休
Spring vacation/Golden Week: haru yasumi 春休み
Summer vacation: natsu yasumi/Obon yasumi 夏休み/お盆休み
New Year's holidays/winter vacation: Oshōgatsu /fuyu yasumi お正月/冬休み

Golden Week is a string of national holidays in late April to early May. Synonymous with spring vacation.

Obon is the Buddhist belief where deceased souls return to Earth during the second week of Aug. and Bon dances are held to greet them. It is also a time when people visit ancestral graves. Synonymous with summer vacation for most working people.

vertical tate Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.タテ
vertical-grip shutter button tate-ichiyō shutter button Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.タテ位置イチヨウシャッターボタン
video camera <- ビデオカメラ
view camera <-, ōgata camera ビューカメラ、大型カメラ
viewfinder finder ファインダー
viewfinder coverage finder shiya-ritsu ファインダー視野率
viewfinder eyepiece finder setsuganbu ファインダー接眼部Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.セツガンブ
viewfinder information finder jōhō ファインダー情報Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ジョウホウ
viewfinder magnification bairitsu 倍率Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.バイリツ
vignetting kerare けられ "Kerare" is also used to refer to the shadow created by the lens barrel obstructing part of the camera's built-in flash illumination. Kerare can also occur if the flash is unable to illuminate the entire image taken with an ultra wide-angle lens.
vintage photos furu-shashin Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.フル写真シャシン

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