What does Futari mean?

Q: Hello! I just love this site. It is so informational; I like it a lot!! I am wondering what does the word “futari” mean? I see that sometimes quite a few times in songs.  Kirari

A: This is an easy one, “futari” means “two people”, which is quite easy to work out when you see it written in kanji:  二人.

In songs it usually means something like “you and I” or “both of us together”, but it’s also really useful in restaurants as one of the first question you’ll get asked is:

何人ですか? = nan nin desu ka? = How many people?

So if it’s just the two of you you’d say “futari”.

Be genki,


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