How do you say “Happy New Year” in Japanese?


Written by aki


Happy New Year, everyone!


Thank you for reading the Kodawari Times.
I really enjoy chatting with people from overseas.


In your country, how do you say “Happy New Year“?

By the way, in Japan we say “Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu“.

That’s a long one (laughs).



Here are the meanings of each word.


Akeru(明ける) means “dawn” in Japanese.

It refers to the beginning of a new year.


Omedetou gozaimasu(おめでとうございます)

If you are familiar with the Japanese language, you are probably familiar with the phrase “Omedetou gozaimasu”. It is a word used when celebrating.



In other words, Akemashite Omedetou gozaimasu is celebrating the fact that we were able to welcome the new year safely.



I would like to congratulate all of you for starting the year 2022 successfully.

Once again,

Akemashite Omedetou gozaimasu!



There’s more to Japanese New Year’s culture! Check them out.



Hello! I live in a place called Shiga, Japan. I'm not very good at English, but I'm writing this blog in the hope that I can convey some of Japan's beautiful places and delicious food to people overseas.