Speakin’ Japanese: Take a bow

Speakin’ Japanese: Take a bow

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

In Japan, bowing is usually used during daily greetings. But be careful, it is sometimes used to show appreciation, sympathies and apologies. So, remember the following Japanese expressions that can be used when bowing.


“Yoroshiku onegai shimasu.” = I look forward to getting to know you. (when you meet someone for the first time or ask someone for something)

“Itsumo osewa ni natte imasu.” = Thank you always for your help/kindness.

“Arigato gozaimashita.” = Thank you so much.

“Mooshiwake arimasen.” = Let me express my apologies.

“Okuyami mooshi agemasu.” = Let me express my deepest sympathy. (used during funeral/memorial services)

“Shitsurei itashimasu.” = I have to leave now.

“Ogenki de.” = Please take care of yourself.

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