Speakin’ Japanese: Take a bow

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Okinawa

In Japan, bowing is usually used during daily greetings. But be careful, it is sometimes used to show appreciation, sympathies and apologies. So, remember the following Japanese expressions that can be used when bowing. 

“Yoroshiku onegai shimasu.” = I look forward to getting to know you. (when you meet someone for the first time or ask someone for something)

“Itsumo osewa ni natte imasu.” = Thank you always for your help/kindness.

“Arigato gozaimashita.” = Thank you so much.

“Mooshiwake arimasen.” = Let me express my apologies.

“Okuyami mooshi agemasu.” = Let me express my deepest sympathy. (used during funeral/memorial services)

“Shitsurei itashimasu.” = I have to leave now.

“Ogenki de.” = Please take care of yourself.
 

Subscribe to our Stripes Pacific newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, cultural information, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox!

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: Stars and Stripes Pacific
Flipboard: Stars and Stripes Community Sites

Looking to travel while stationed abroad? Check out our other Pacific community sites!
Stripes Japan
Stripes Korea
Stripes Guam

Recommended Content