Part 2: Ai and Koi
Here are some words including "ai （愛）" or "koi （恋）."
The words including "ai" The words including "koi"
(one's favorite book)
(a dog lover)
(a rival in love)
(one's cherished car)
koi ni ochiru
(to fall in love with)
(to use habitually)
(to be in love with)
(mother's love, maternal affection)
Koi" is a love for the opposite sex, or a longing feeling for a specific person. It can be described as "romantic love" or "passionate love." While "ai" has the same meaning as "koi," it also has a definition of a general feeling of love. "Koi" can be selfish, but "ai" is a real love. Here are some lines that explain them well:
Koi is always wanting. Ai is always giving.
"Renai （恋愛）" is written with the kanji characters of both "koi" and "ai." This word means, "romantic love." "Renai-kekkon （恋愛結婚）" is a "love marriage," which is the opposite of "miai-kekkon (見合い結婚, arranged marriage)." "Renai-shousetsu （恋愛小説）" is "a love story" or "a romance novel." The title of the movie, "As Good As It Gets" was translated as "Renai-shousetuska (恋愛小説家, A Romance Novel Writer)."