Love it or hate it, you can’t avoid rice while living in Japan. It’s the prime meal on every Japanese dinner, the best company to all your washoku favorites, and the nutrient-rich meal that can keep you full throughout the day. But how often do you find yourself frustrated at all these Japanese buttons your rice cooker at home has? Or end up using only the largest button, ignoring the rest because you can’t fully understand them?
If you have at least once in your journey in Japan shifted to a regular pot because you couldn’t be bothered deciphering your rice cooker, here’s your one-stop guide—a list of the most commonly used rice cooker kanji characters.
The main buttons: turning it on & off, cooking
Set up your rice cooker
First thing first, if you want your rice ready at 6 pm sharp you need to tell your rice cooker what time is it!