Translation and Characters of the Japanese Word "Atari"

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You probably recognize the Japanese word atari, particularly if you grew up playing on the popular gaming system of the same name. But the word actually means "neighborhood", or  "in the same vicinity as", or "the surroundings". Pronounced just as it's spelled, the context of the word helps to define its specific meaning.

Japanese Characters

あたり

Example

Atari niwa fukai kiri ga tachikometeita.
あたりには深い霧が立ちこめていた。

Translation: A dense fog lay all around.

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Abe, Namiko. "Translation and Characters of the Japanese Word "Atari"." ThoughtCo, Jul. 17, 2017, thoughtco.com/atari-meaning-and-characters-2028686. Abe, Namiko. (2017, July 17). Translation and Characters of the Japanese Word "Atari". Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/atari-meaning-and-characters-2028686 Abe, Namiko. "Translation and Characters of the Japanese Word "Atari"." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/atari-meaning-and-characters-2028686 (accessed October 19, 2017).