🌏 Region(s): Kanto (Tokyo)
うち【家】 : uchi | define meaning
- (As a general noun) Home; one's home; one's house; one's place
"Home food", "Home cooking"
- (By association) Family; one's family; we; our
uchi no inu
"The family dog", "Our dog"
- (In informal business discussions) One's business; one's company; our company; we
- (As a pronoun used by young girls, usually written in kana) I; me; my
uchi wa iku
(Female) "I'm going", "I'll be going"
The use of うち【家】 uchi as a general first-person pronoun by young girls in Tokyo and, more generally, the Kanto region, can be attributed to influence from Kansai dialects. This usage has become increasingly popular since the late 1990s.
In contrast, the term いえ【家】 ie, though spelled with the same Kanji, refers more generally to a "house" as opposed to one's own home.