Languages › Japanese The Meaning and Pronunciation of the Japanese Word "Tanoshii" Share Flipboard Email Print ThoughtCo 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 January 29, 2019 The Japanese word tanoshii means pleasant or delightful. Pronunciation: Click here to listen to the audio file. Japanese characters: 楽しい （たのしい） Example: Paatii wa totemo tanoshikatta.パーティーはとても楽しかった。 Translation: I enjoyed the party very much.