Japanese Cooking Measurements

Japanese Cooking Measurements


Japanese cooking measurements are different from the United States. American 1 cup is 240ml, but Japanese 1 cup is 200ml. It’s a big difference particularly if you are baking. Teaspoon and tablespoon sizes are the same.

Also Japanese recipe is usually measured by weight, not by volume.

Japan used to use own volume measurement system “go” and “sho”. 1 go is 180 ml, and 10 go is 1 sho. Japan switched to metric system, but old system is still used mainly for sake and rice. The traditional big bottle of sake is 1 sho (1800 ml) and the half size is 5 go (900 ml).

A measurement cup which comes with a rice cooker is also 1 go (180 ml), following this tradition. That’s why you always should measure rice with the cup which came with the rice cooker.

The recipes I list in this site use American measurement system, except rice. So that when I write 1 cup of water in a recipe, it means 240ml of water. But 1 cup of rice is 180 ml.

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4 Responses to Japanese Cooking Measurements

  1. Cindy September 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Can you please tell me how much 60g is???

  2. Carrie Laurino April 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    How do Japanese people cook if it’s measured by weight?
    Do they keep a scale in their kitchen?
    Sorry if this is a dumb question.

    • Yuki April 26, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

      Hi Carrie,

      Yes, they keep a scale in the kitchen. As a matter of fact the accurate measurement really has to be done by weight. But I have to confess that when I was in Japan, I didn’t measure anything when I cooked. I suspect that many people don’t measure at all when they cook in Japan.