Japanese: Aisatsu

Aisatsu means greetings. In Japan, there are many kinds of greetings. Here are some of the common greetings:

  1. Ohayou gozaimasu (polite) / Ohayou =  good morning
  2. O genki desu ka? = how are you?
  3. O genki desu ne = I’m fine, thank you
  4. Konnichi wa = good / good afternoon
  5. Konban wa = good evening
  6. Oyasumi nasai = please rest / good night
  7. Sayounara = good bye
  8. Mata ne / ja mata = see you


People who are about to leave the house usually say: “Itte kimasu” / “Itte-mairi-masu” (I am going out)

People who are in the house will reply: “Itte-irasshai-mase”

Another common greeting about leaving the house: “O dekakemasuka?” (You’re leaving?)


People who are returning home usually say: “Tada-ima” (I am back now)

People who are in the house will reply: “Okaerinasai” (We welcome your return)

Another common greeting about returning home: “Ima, okaeridesuka?” (You’re going back?)


DOMO is the most common greeting. It has many variation and the meaning also different with the different kind of variation. Here are the examples:

  1. Domo = thanks (the shortest form of = Domo arigatou gozaimasu)
  2. Domo arigatou = thank you (more polite than = Domo)
  3. Domo arigatou gozaimasu = thank you very much (very polite form)
  4. Domo itsumo osewa ni narimasu = sorry for causing you trouble
  5. Domo senjitsu shitsurei itashimashita = sorry for the last few days
  6. Domo sumimasen = I’m sorry

That was some basic conversation in Japanese. I’ll post again later..! 😀


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