8 Useful Phrases for Shopping in Japan!

8 Useful Phrases for Shopping in Japan

Japan is considered a shopping capital by many tourists from all over the world because of the abundance of various stores selling almost everything from Japanese souvenirs, high-tech electronic gadgets, cool fashion brands and a whole lot more! Big cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo are just some of the many places one can go and enjoy shopping in Japan because the stores are rich in products that can be enjoyed or availed only in each region. Read on to learn more expressions one could use to enjoy shopping in Japan.



 

8 Useful Phrases for Shopping in Japan!

 

1. Sumimasen (Excuse me)

Sumimasen is a golden expression. Enters a shop in Japan, he or she would often be welcomed with a loud “Irasshaimase…!” which is “Welcome please come in!” in Japanese. Usually people who say this are in their uniforms with a digital wireless headset. Try saying “sumimasen” to these people the next time you get into a Japanese shop.

 

2. XX wa arimasuka? (Do you have XX?)

This expression is used when you have already decided on something to buy before entering a shop in Japan. Placing the object you are looking for (in its noun form) before the “~wa arimasuka” makes you say “Do you have ~” in Japanese. The usual reaction is a shop attendant saying “shou shou o machi wo” which means “please wait a while” and seeing them running to get them what you were looking for.

 

3. Kore wa nandesuka? (What is this?)

There are various products in Japan with cute design and one would often find product designs that may seem creepy and strange. In times like this, “kore wa nan desuka?” is a very useful expression. It is “what is this?” in English and it often leads the staff into explaining to the buyer the use of a certain product or into translating what it is in English or to an expression easier to understand.

 

4. Kore wa ikura desuka? (How much is this?)

The variety of products one may find in Japan may often lead into buying too much than one has planned. This is often good with people who have already prepared themselves for such situations. However, going beyond your budget would often lead into a not so good memory of your time in Japan and so to avoid spoiling one`s shopping enjoyment, the expression “Kore wa ikura desuka?” may come very handy.

 

5. Kore wo onegaisimasu (This one please.)

When one is shopping in Japan and have already decided on a purchase out of a thousand variety of choices, the expression every shop attendant is waiting to here is “kore wo onegaishimasu.” It means “this one please” in English and it often signals the entrance of income into the cash register.

 

6. Presento youni shitekudasai (Please wrap this into a gift. )

In Japan, “presento” is the word that is often used to refer to gifts. Presents = gifts. The expression “Presento youni shite kudasai” is “Please make this into a present” in English which already expresses that you will buy that product and that you want the price tag taken out of it and the product being wrapped beautifully into a present. This service is sometimes free and sometimes not.

 

7. Fukuro wa irimasen(No need to put it in a shopping bag.)

This expression is used when you want something not to be put inside a shopping bag or if you simply do not need a shopping bag for something. When a shop attendant tells you “Deguchi made shouhin wo omochishimasu”( I will bring this to the door for you.), do not be surprised that you are not handed what you bought is because a part of their customer service is to carry it for you and send you out as a way of their gratitude. This service is usually rampant in apparels.

 

8. Arigatou gozaimasu! (Thank you very much!)

Be sure to express gratitude before parting ways. The shop attendant would often say this to the customer leaving but it is also courteous to say this back to the shop attendant. Politeness and courteousness is a virtue practiced in Japan and given to all. Of course not everyone are religious on expressing it but it often gives a pleasant ambience which could make you enjoy your shopping more.

 

Conclusion

So how did you find the expressions mentioned above? Do you think you could take the challenge of shopping in a language totally different from English? Japanese is considered a difficult language but learning expressions which have patterns could lead into taking a grasp on how to speak the language. Enjoy shopping in Japan with these expressions.

 

8 Useful Phrases for Shopping in Japan!

1. Sumimasen (Excuse me)
2. XX wa arimasuka? (Do you have XX?)
3. Kore wa nandesuka? (What is this?)
4. Kore wa ikura desuka? (How much is this?)
5. Kore wo onegaisimasu (This one please.)
6. Presento youni shitekudasai (Please wrap this into a gift. )
7. Fukuro wa irimasen(No need to put it in a shopping bag.)
8. Arigatou gozaimasu! (Thank you very much!)