Counting by shape in Japanese

In Japanese there are counting systems based on the shape of the object i.e. counting paper, counting bottle shaped object, counting cup or glasses. Lets learn them one by one.

Bottle shaped counting:

QuantityHiraganaReadingKanji
1いっぽんippon一本
2にほんnihonニ本
3さんぼんsanbon三本
4よんほんyonhon四本
5ごほんgohon五本
6ろっぽんroppon六本
7ななほんnanahon七本
8はっぽんhappon八本
9きゅうほんkyuuhon九本
10じゅっぽんjuppon十本

Usage: Cylinder shaped and tall things i.e. Bottles, Pencil, Pen, Chopsticks, Torch light, Battery etc.

Paper shaped counting:

QuantityHiraganaReadingKanji
1いちまいichimai一枚
2にまいnimaiニ枚
3さんまいsanmai三枚
4よんまいyonmai四枚
5ごまいgomai五枚
6ろくまいrokumai六枚
7ななまいnanamai七枚
8はちまいhachimai八枚
9きゅうまいkyuumai九枚
10じゅうまいjuu-mai十枚

Usage: Thin and flat things i.e. telephones, boxes, plain paper sheets, polythene bags, paper bags, newspapers etc.

Glasses and Cups shaped counting:

QuantityHiraganaReadingKanji
1いっぱいippai一杯
2にはいnihaiニ杯
3さんばいsanbai三杯
4よんはいyonhai四杯
5ごはいgohai五杯
6ろっぱいroppai六杯
7ななはいnanahai七杯
8はっぱいhappai八杯
9きゅうはいkyuuhai九杯
10じゅっぱいjuppai十杯

Usage: Cups, Drinking glasses, Wine Glasses etc.

That is all. Hope this article will help you understanding Japanese counting system based on their shape. Try to use them and apply whenever you have the chances. In general you can count by general counting system. Hope this article helps anyway.

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