Japanese Antonyms are very important in any language in order to explain opposites, such as “cold” and “hot”, or “big” and “small”.
They usually explain something which we see with our eyes or feel from a touch.  Antonyms in Japanese are called hantaigo (反対語) and taigigo (対義語).  These act the same as English antonyms but in Japanese. 

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How to remember Japanese Antonyms words.

Here is some helpful instruction on how to remember these words. The first step that you will want to do is go through the list below. Determining the level of your Japanese, this may be hard for some, and this may be easy for some.
A recommendation is to print out the list below so that you can highlight and take notes if you want to. 

The next step would be to do some highlighting. Highlight the words that you want to study and focus on remembering.
After highlighting, copy them on to flashcards. It may be tedious but having one side with Japanese, reading, and the meaning of the word is helpful. In addition, having the antonym Japanese, reading, and meaning on the other is also helpful as well. The main point is to create associations between the words. 

The final step is to look at the ones that you do not know. It is important that you continue to look at the list as often as possible, to find and learn new words. By doing so, continue to then learn the antonym of that word, which the set. It will work best when you understand and know one side of the antonym pair.

The important key to learning the antonyms is that it takes time and that learning one side first and then learning the other is the best instead of learning both at the same time.

Japanese Antonyms –あいうえお Words

明るい (bright) 暗い (dark)
上げ (raise up) 下げ (raise down)
暑い (hot [weather]) 寒い (cold [weather])
暖かい (warm) 寒い、冷たい (cold)
新しい (new) 古い (old)
あなた (you) 私 (me)
甘い (sweet) 辛い、苦い (spicy, bitter)
いい (good) 悪い (evil)
いいえ (no) はい (yes)
入れる (let in) 出す (let out)
上 (up) 下 (down)
うるさい (noisy) しずか (quiet)
うまい (taste good) まずい (taste bad)
うまい (good [at a skill or certain action]) 下手 (bad [at a skill or certain action])
男 (man) 女 (woman)
遅い (slow) 早い、速い (fast [time, speed)
大人 (adult) 子供 (child)
大きい (big) 小さい (small)
多い (a lot) 少ない (few)
重い (heavy) 軽い (light)
美味しい (delicious) まずい(taste bad)

Japanese Antonyms – かきくけこ Words

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北 (north) 南 (south)
休日 (weekend or holiday)  平日 (day)
昨日 (yesterday) 明日 (tomorrow)
着る (wear) 脱ぐ (take off)
嫌う (dislike) 好む (like)
黒 (black) 白 (white)
下がる (go down) 上がる (go up)
子 (child) 親 (parent)

Japanese Antonyms – さしすせそ Words

最初 (first) 最後 (last)
最古 (oldest) 最新 (newest)
最高 (highest) 最低 (lowest)
最大 (largest) 最下 (lowest)
質問 (question) 解答、回答 (answer)
市内 (within the city) 市外 (outside the city)
出発 (departure) 到着 (arrival)
女性 (woman) 男性 (man)
好き (love) 嫌い (hate)
すべすべ (smooth) ざらざら (rough)
全体 (whole) 部分 (part)
全部 (all) 一部 (partial)
前回 (previously) 次回 (next time)
外側 (on the outside) 内側 (on the inside)

Japanese Antonyms – たちつてと Words

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立つ (stand) 座る (sit)
父 (father) 母 (mother)
父親 (father) 母親 (mother)
中古 (used) 新品 (new)
妻 (wife) 夫 (husband)
強い (strong) 弱い (weak)
手 (hand) 足 (leg)
天 (sky) 地 (land)
出口 (exit) 入口 (entrance)
特別 (special) 普通 (regular)
年上 (older) 年下 (younger)
取る (take) 捨てる (throw away)

Japanese Antonyms – なにぬねの Words

内 (inside) 外 (outside)
中 (inside [room, building, etc]) 外 (outside)
名前 (name) 苗字 (surname, last name)
入学 (admission) 卒業 (graduate)
入社 (join a company ) 退社 (leave the company)
脱ぐ (take off) 着る、履く、被る (wear [clothes, hat, shoes])

Japanese Antonyms – はひふへほ Words

入る (enter) 出る (exit)
東 (east) 西 (west)
光 (light) 影、闇 (shadow, darkness)
低い (low) 高い (high)
開く (open) 閉じる (close)
増える (increase) 減る (decrease)
深い (deep) 浅い (shallow)

Japanese Antonyms – まみむめも Words

前 (front) 後ろ (back)
マイナス (minus) プラス (plus)
マクロ (macro) ミクロ (micro)
負け (lose) 勝ち (win)
まだ (still) もう (already)
丸 (circle) バツ (x)
右 (right) 左 (left)
右手 (right hand) 左手 (left hand)
短い (short) 長い (long)
昔 (long ago) 今 (present)
無料 (free) 有料 (pay)
モダン (modern)  クラシック (classic)
戻る (return) 行く (go)

Japanese Antonyms – やゆよ Words

安い (cheap)  高い (expensive)
夜 (night) 朝 (morning)
洋語 (foreign language) 和語 (Japanese language)
夜中 (midnight) 日中 (daytime)
両手 (both hands) 片手 (one hand)

Japanese Antonyms – らりるれろわ Words

ロー (low) ハイ (high)
ロング (long) ショート (short)
笑う (laugh) 泣く (cry)
悪い (bad) 良い (good)
我 (I) 彼 (him)
ワースト (worst) ベスト (best)


So this is the list and good luck studying! If you are having issues reading and or comprehending the Japanese, use a Japanese/English dictionary to get the readings and meanings of words you have trouble understanding. There will be a part 2 with harder words.

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