Happy New Year in Japanese

To your close friends or someone younger 明けましておめでとう! akemashite omedetou あけまして おめでとう To someone in a higher position / acquaintance 明けましておめでとうございます。 akemashite omedetou gozaimasu あけまして おめでとう ございます New Year’s Day is something very important and formal in Japan, so I would use ‘明けましておめでとうございます。’ to anyone, even to close friends and someone younger. 明けまして It comes from a verb 明ける(あける・akeru) which means to be bright and to end.* This verb is very limited use. Since the kanji 明 is from 明るい (あかるい・akarui) which means bright or light (i adjective), the verb can be only used those two sentences below. ・夜が明ける。 ・よ(る)があける。 ・yo(ru) ga akeru. = to dawn ・年が明ける。 ・としがあける。 ・toshi ga […]

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