Languages › Japanese Meaning of Hima in Japanese Share Flipboard Email Print hima; time. uccia_photography / 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 March 02, 2019 Hima is a Japanese word meaning time or leisure. Learn more about its pronunciation and usage in the Japanese language below. Pronunciation Listen to this audio file to hear how hima is pronounced. Meaning time; time to spare; leisure; free time; a leave (of absence) Japanese Characters 暇 （ひま） Example & Translation Here's an example of how hima is used in a sentence: Isogashikute, shinbun o yomu hima mo nai. 忙しくて、新聞を読む暇もない。 In English: I am too busy to read a newspaper.