Happy new year!


It is already 2022 😱

What kind of year was 2021 for you?

For me, it was a year of change.

2022 will be a year of big steps, and I’ll be working more and more towards my dreams!

Today, let’s study some Japanese words related to the beginning of the year!


The first greeting of the New Year is not おはよう or こんにちは.

It’s あけまして、おめでとうございます
(Akemashite Omedetougozaimasu)

This phrase is used throughout the month of January, not just at the moment the year changes.

I think people say or scream “Happy New Year!” at January 1, 12:00 a.m in abroad.

But we don’t scream あけまして、おめでとうございます!
This is more like a greeting phrase.


And what I’d like you to remember in combination with あけまして、おめでとうございます is,

(Kotoshimo yoroshilku onegaiitashimasu)

This has the meaning of “Please keep in touch this year”!

We always say this phrase after あけましておめでとうございます,
so these two phrases are a set!


Now we’ve learned two very important phrases!
But in the younger generation or among friends, these two phrases are abbreviated to this.

(Akemashite Omedetougozaimasu)


(Kotoshimo Yoroshikuonegaiitashimasu)


Japanese people really like to abbreviate words, don’t they?lol

This is much easier to say than the original phrase but don’t use it to your boss!


And finally, there is an extra word that I want you to remember.

It is a word that is used only for about a week after Christmas until the new year.

良いお年を(よい おとしを)
(Yoi otoshi wo)

It means “Have a good year”!
This is used when you think that this is the last time you will see this person for the rest of the year.


These three greetings are used by everyone during the year-end and New Year holidays, so remember them!

  1. あけまして、おめでとうございます
  2. 今年も、よろしくお願いいたします
  3. 良いお年を

I wish you all a very happy new year in 2022!

And we posted more about New years in Japan on our Youtube channel!
Please check it out too!

See you in the next post!!<3


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