How to Say Merry Christmas in Japanese

A Japanese couple clink glasses of red wine and wish each other Merry Christmas. The woman is wearing a Santa hat and there is a red Christmas tree in the background.

Do you plan to spend the holidays in Japan? Maybe you have a Japanese pen pal who you want to wish an enjoyable winter holiday? Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in Japanese is very easy: merii kurisumasu (メリークリスマス)! The English phrase has no direct translation in Japanese, because the holiday was only adapted from the West during … Read more

Happy Birthday in Japanese: How to Say it, and How to Celebrate!

two Asian children kissing their grandfather, who is wearing a birthday hat and holding up a birthday cake, wishing him a happy birthday, with confetti falling in the foreground

Ever wondered what to do when celebrating your birthday in Japan? Or how the Japanese celebrate birthdays? Or most importantly – how to say ‘happy birthday’ in Japanese? We’ve got you covered! Up until the 1950s, celebrating birthdays in Japan was not customary. In fact, they considered every new year a common birthday for everyone! … Read more