Greetings for Special Occasions - Celebrations

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Using the correct greeting in Japan is important when meeting people for the first time in social situations.


The form "gozaimasu (?????)" is more polite. It is added when you are talking with somebody who is not a family members or a close friend.

To reply, "Arigatou gozaimasu (??????????)" or "Arigatou (?????)" is used.

The honorific "o (?)" or "go (?)" can be attached to the front of some nouns as a formal way of saying "your". It is very polite.

To somebody who is sick

"Okagesama de (??????)" can be used whenever you announce good news in answer to someone's concerned inquiry. 

To reply "Odaiji ni (????)", "Arigatou gozaimasu (??????????)" is used. 

Click this link to learn how to say "Happy New Year" in Japanese.
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