Translation and Characters of the Japanese Word "Atari"

Japan flag
Ramberg/Getty Images

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 is spelled, the context of the word helps to define its specific meaning.

Japanese Characters



Atari niwa fukai kiri ga tachikometeita.

Translation: A dense fog lay all around.