The Japanese word for pig is buta and a piglet is kobuta. Check their writing and pronunciation in Japanese below.
Interesting facts about pigs in Japan
Pig farming is an important agricultural industry in Japan because pork is one of the most popular types of meat in the country. There are several pig breeds raised for meat in Japan with the most common ones being Landrace, Large White, and Duroc.
In some parts of Japan, pigs are used in sustainable agriculture. It’s done by building pens on stilts above rice paddies and then raising pigs inside of those pens so that the manure drops down and fertilizes the rice fields.
And as we all know, the Japanese love all things cute and cuddly which is why the country is experiencing a micro-pig craze. For those who don’t know, micro-pigs originated in England and weigh a mere 40kg compared to full-size pigs which weighs around 300kg on average. So if you’re ever in the Harajuku District of Tokyo City then be sure to visit Japan’s first ever micro-pig cafe.