Koko Soko Asoko

After the demonstrative pronouns of the Japanese language, today we will bring the KOKO SOKO ASOKO (ここ – そこ – あそこ) which are adverbs of place. These words are also known as KO-SO-A-DOS and are often used in the Japanese language.

KOKO SOKO ASOKO (ここ – そこ – あそこ)

These words have similarities to the KORE, SORE AND ARE, however, serve to indicate a place. To simplify:

  • ここ has the meaning of on here and is close to the speaker
  • そこ means there and is close to whoever is listening
  • あそこ means there and is far from those who speak and listen

In the following video you will see how simple it is to use KOKO, SOKO AND ASOKO (ここ – そこ – あそこ) in the sentences:

Below in the example sentences of the video you will understand better:


Here is my room.


The cafeteria is there.



The word DOKO has the meaning where , below see the example sentences:

Question: トイレはどこですか。(TOIREWADOKODESUKA.)

Where is the bathroom?

Response: トイレはあそこです。or あそこです。(TOIREWAASOKODESU.) or (ASOKODESU)

The bathroom is there.

Question: ここはきょうしつですか。or きょうしつはここですか。(KOKOWAKYOUSHITSUDESUKA.) or (KYOUSHITSUWAKOKODESUKA.)

Is the classroom here?

Response: はい、そうです。(HAI, SODESU.)

Yes, it is here.

To say that this is not the room


It's not wrong.


Here is the kitchen.

One more example sentence from the NHK course:


There is the library.

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