Languages › Japanese Japanese Word of the Day: 'Utsukushii" (Beautiful) Share Flipboard Email Print CoffeeAndMilk / 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 May 25, 2019 The Japanese word utsukushii means "beautiful, "pretty," "lovely," "fine," "handsome," "good-looking," or "charming." (Click on the link here and below to hear the correct pronunciation of the word or phrase.) It is written in Japanese characters, or kanji, as: 美しい （うつくしい） Example Sentence An example sentence using utsukushii would be: 香奈はとても美しい声で歌った。 Written in rōmaji (Japanese characters printed in Latin script) the sentence reads: Kana wa totemo utsukushii koe de utatta. The sentence means, "Kana sang with a very beautiful voice." Other Uses In Kyoto, a city in Japan, there are many Shinto shrines. (Shinto, meaning "the way of the gods," is the traditional religion of Japan.) One of the shrines goes by the name of Utsukushii-gozensha. Utsukushii, of course, means beautiful, gozen is the Japanese word for woman, and sha means a shrine. "The benefit of this shrine is, of course, giving people beauty," says the Kyoto Project.