Languages › Japanese Aisuru Share Flipboard Email Print Atsushi Yamada/Getty Images Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated February 25, 2020 The Japanese word aisuru, pronounced "eye-soo-roo", is a warm and lovely word that translates to mean "to love", "to care for", or "to have affection for". Click here to learn how to say "I love you" in Japanese. To learn how to write kanji character for love, click here. Japanese characters 愛する (あいする) Antonym nikumu (憎む) Example Chichi wa watashi o totemo aishite kureteiru. 父は私をとても愛してくれている。 My father loves me very much.