How To Say ‘Please’ In Japanese

Closeup portrait of small Asian girl asking please with hands clasped, isolated on pastel pink studio wall

Asking someone for a service or favour is never complete without saying ‘please’ and in Japanese, ‘please’ is usually translated as either onegaishimasu or kudasai. But what’s the difference between these two words and are there more?  Yes, there are many words for ‘please’ in Japanese and as always, context is king! Saying ‘please’ in … Read more

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