Kanji Cheat Sheets: How to Use the Heating Function on your Air Conditioner in Japan

Source: Gaijin Pot

Growing up in the Philippines, I’ve only ever used air conditioners to keep me cool during the summer. Back home, my year-round uniform consisted of a tank top, a pair of shorts, and slippers. You can probably imagine my surprise when I found out that Japanese air conditioners have everything but a single function. They can keep you warm too? The sorcery!

It all started when I first moved to Japan in the spring for Japanese language school. I invited one of my new friends over to play Mario Party about a week after I’d arrived when my Japanese proficiency was little to none.

I might still be sitting in my room shivering under two pairs of pajamas every night to this day without her.

My friend stepped into my freezing cold room with a frown. I only had an air conditioner after all, what did she expect? Upon telling her this, she shoved the air conditioner remote into my hands and showed me the 暖房 (heating) button.

Thank god for friends who can read kanji, because I was seriously worried I would blow the thing up if I pressed the wrong button. I might still be sitting in my room shivering under two pairs of pajamas every night to this day without her.

Though it might be intimidating at first, familiarizing yourself with the basic controls of your air conditioner can make a world of a difference and keep you from freezing yourself to death.

Use this kanji cheat sheet to learn how to use the heating function on Japanese A/C!

English Japanese Romaji
On/Off 運転切 / 入 Unten kiri/Iri
Temperature 温度 Ondo
Airflow 風量 Fuuryou
Mode selection 運転切換 Untenkirikae
Blower direction 風向 Kazamuki
Air conditioning 冷房 Reibou
Heating 暖房 Danbo
Dehumidify 除湿 / ドライ Joshitsu
Timer 予約 Yoyaku

Switching to the heating function

The easiest way to access your air conditioner’s heater would be to start with pressing to turn it on and then 運転切換 (untenkirikae) to select the mode. …continue reading