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I'm confused about how to use two words おかず and 食べ物, which all defined "food" as I search. What's the differences about them? Really thank you if you give me some examples.

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There is a clear difference between the two. (I feel for you because I have seen 「おかず」 defined wrongly in smaller bilingual dictionaries.)

「[食]{た}べ[物]{もの}」 refers to any and all kinds of food; It just includes everything people eat. Anything edible is called 「食べ物」.

「おかず」 is different. It is what you eat with rice (or bread) in a meal. It refers to the entree and all of the side dishes. Rice, bread, snacks and desserts are not called 「おかず」 among Japanese-speakers.

This should give you a good idea of what おかず is:

http://image.search.yahoo.co.jp/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=&p=%E3%81%8A%E3%81%8B%E3%81%9A

  • Err, thanks should go to l'electuer! I just added an -ly to an otherwise grammatically perfect answer. – virmaior Apr 19 '15 at 15:12
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I think おかず refers to side dishes accompanied with rice, while 食べ物 refers to 'food' in general.

When Japanese or Chinese eat meals at home, there's usually a bowl of rice per person and several dishes (e.g. fish, meat, vegetable) in the middle. Those dishes are called おかず.

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