15 Formal Japanese Greetings!

15 Formal Japanese Greetings!

When you live in Japan, there are many formal occasions in which you need to know how to greet correctly. Even if you know how to say basic greetings in Japanese, it won’t be appropriate in some formal occasions. As a native Japanese speaker, I will tell you 15 useful formal greeting phrases in Japanese that you can start using them right away!



 

15 Formal Japanese Greetings!

 

1. Hajimete omeni kakarimasu (Nice to meet you)

When you see someone for the first time, you usually say “Hajimemashite” which means “Nice to meet you.” If you are in business meeting, on the other hand, it’s preferable to say “Hajimete omeni kakarimasu” before introducing your name. It’s appropriate for a formal occasion.

 

2. Ohisashiburi desu. Ogenkisou de naniyori desu. (Nice to see you again. You seem to be doing well)

You might already know that you say “Ohisashiburi desu” when you meet someone you know. It means “Nice to see you again” or “Long time no see.” It’s, however, more polite to add “Ogenkisou de naniyori desu” after that

 

3. Mata oaishimashita ne (It’s nice to see you again)

When you see someone for the first time in a day, you can say “Ohayou gozaimasu” or “Konnichiwa.” When you see someone again, on the other hand, it’s more appropriate to say “Mata oaishimashita ne,” which literally means, “I see you again.” It’s better to say this way rather than repeating “Konnichiwa.”

 

4. Ichido omeni kakaritai to omotte imashita (I was hoping of meeting you one day)

You can use this expression when you see someone you have heard of, but haven’t met before. The person will be flattered that you have heard of him/her.

 

5. Mata oaidekite ureshii desu (I am happy to see you again)

When you see someone you have met before, this expression is a polite way to greet. If you know some Japanese, you can also add how much fun you had last time you have met this person.

 

6. Goisshyo dekiru towa kouei desu (I am glad to work with you again)

Although the last expression in 5 is polite enough to be used in business settings, this expression is more appropriate if you are addressing someone who has high statue or your important customer. This shows a lot of respect.

 

7. (Name) ni yoroshiku otsutae kudasai (Please send my regards to (Name))

This is also very useful expression when you are doing business with a Japanese company. If you know someone from the same company, it would be a great way to create a strong relationship with them.

 

 

8. Mata omeni kakareru hiwo tanoshimini shiteorimasu (I hope to see you again)

When you had an important meeting, it’s a great expression to use at the end of the meeting. Instead of just saying “Sayounara,” you can use this expression to give you a really good impression.

 

9. Mata goissho shitai mono desu (I am hoping to work with you again)

Although you can use the last expression to say “I hope to see you again soon,” this expression is more polite way to say the same thing, but to the people with statue.

 

10. (Name of a place) e itte mairimasu (I will leave to go (name of a place))

When we leave the house, we usually say “Ittekimasu.” In a company, however, it’s better to use this expression before heading off to somewhere.

 

11. Tada ima modorimashita (I am back now)

When we come back home, we usually say “Tadaima.” When we come back to work after working outside, we should say “Tada ima modorimashita.” It sounds more professional.

 

12. Osakini shitsurei shimasu (I am heading home now)

In English, you only say “bye” or “see you tomorrow” before leaving work. In Japanese, on the other hand, we don’t usually greet this way at work. Instead we say “osakini shitsurei shimasu,” which literally means “excuse-me for leaving before you.”

 

13. Omaneki itadaki arigatou gozaimasu (Thank you for inviting me)

If you are invited to a party or a wedding, you should first thank the host for inviting you. In Japanese we say “Omaneki itadaki arigatou gozaimasu.”

 

14. Honjitsu wa omedetou gozaimasu (Congratulation for today)

It’s also an important expression if you are invited to a wedding or a celebration party. We say this expression to congratulate someone at a celebration.

 

15. Honjitsu wa oisogashii naka honto ni arigatou gozaimasu (Thank you for coming here today)

If you are the one who is organizing a party, you should know how to thank your guests. This expression is the one you should remember. It literally means “Thank you for coming here today in your busy schedule.”

 

Conclusion

I have listed few formal greeting expressions that you can use in business or in formal parties. Even though those expressions are very long and hard to memorize, they can be very useful if you want to sound more professional and formal.

 

15 Formal Japanese Greetings!

1. Hajimete omeni kakarimasu (Nice to meet you)

2. Ohisashiburi desu. Ogenkisou de naniyori desu. (Nice to see you again. You seem to be doing well)

3. Mata oaishimashita ne (It’s nice to see you again)

4. Ichido omeni kakaritai to omotte imashita (I was hoping of meeting you one day)

5. Mata oaidekite ureshii desu (I am happy to see you again)

6. Goisshyo dekiru towa kouei desu (I am glad to work with you again)

7. (Name) ni yoroshiku otsutae kudasai (Please send my regards to (Name))

8. Mata omeni kakareru hiwo tanoshimini shiteorimasu (I hope to see you again)

9. Mata goissho shitai mono desu (I am hoping to work with you again)

10. (Name of a place) e itte mairimasu (I will leave to go (name of a place))

11. Tada ima modorimashita (I am back now)

12. Osakini shitsurei shimasu (I am heading home now)

13. Omaneki itadaki arigatou gozaimasu (Thank you for inviting me)

14. Honjitsu wa omedetou gozaimasu (Congratulation for today)

15. Honjitsu wa oisogashii naka honto ni arigatou gozaimasu (Thank you for coming here today)