Languages › Japanese The Meaning of "Isogashii" in Japanese Share Flipboard Email Print Yoshiyoshi Hirokawa/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 12, 2019 Add a new word to your arsenal of Japanese vocabulary. Isogashii is a Japanese word meaning to be busy or to be engaged. Japanese Characters 忙しい （いそがしい） Example Kyou wa ichinichijuu isogashikatta.今日は一日中忙しかった。 Translation: I've been busy all day.