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Happy New Year - Akemashite Omedetou

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Happy New Year

Did you enjoy the holidays? Christmas in the west is such a fun time, but after Christmas is over, I always feel it's little too quiet and something is missing. In Japan, New Year's is the biggest holiday of the year. When I was little, I was so excited about New Year's Day that I used to count how many more sleeps until it arrived. I love its festive atmosphere. I really miss the Japanese New Year. I wish I could go to a shrine and pray for happiness in the New Year, like I would in Japan. Anyway, as for my "Japanese Language" site, I will continue to do my best to make it better. Your comments or suggestions are always welcome. I wish you a Happy New Year.

Japanese Translation

明けましておめでとう

年末、年始は楽しく過ごしましたか。クリスマスはとても楽しい時期ですが、クリスマスが終わってしまうと、ちょっと静かすぎて、物足りない気がするなと私はいつも思ってしまいます。というのも、日本ではお正月が一年でいちばん盛大なお祝いだからです。小さいころには、お正月が来るのが本当に楽しみで、あといくつ寝たらお正月かなと指折り数えて待ったものです。私はお正月の華やかで、にぎやかな雰囲気が大好きです。日本のお正月が味わえなくて、とても残念です。元旦には、初詣に行くことができたらなあと思いました。ともかく、私の日本語サイトに関しては、今年もみんなに楽しんでもらえるよいものにできるよう頑張ります。みんなからの意見、感想はいつでも大歓迎です。今年もどうぞよろしくお願いします。みんなにとって良い年になりますように。

Romaji Translation

Nenmatsu, nenshi wa tanoshiku sugoshimashita ka. Kurisumasu wa totemo tanoshii jiki desu ga, kurisumasu ga owatte shimau to, chotto shizuka sugite, monotarinai ki ga suru na to watashi wa itsumo omotte shimaimasu. To iunomo, nihon dewa oshougatsu ga ichinen de ichiban seidai na oiwai dakara desu. Chiisai koro niwa, oshougatsu ga kuru noga hontouni tanoshimi de, ato ikutsu netara oshougatsu kana to yubiori kazoete matta mono desu. Watashi wa oshougatsu no hanayaka de, nigiyakana fun'iki ga daisuki desu. Nihon no oshougatsu ga ajiwaenakute, totemo zannen desu. Gantan niwa, hatsumoude ni iku koto ga dekitara naa to omoimashita. Tomokaku, watashi no nihongo saito ni kanshite wa, kotoshimo minna ni tanoshinnde moraeru yoi mono ni dekiru youni ganbarimasu. Minna kara no iken, kansou wa itsudemo daikangei desu. Kotoshi mo douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu. Minna ni totte yoi toshi ni narimasu youni.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

I wish you a Happy New Year.

  • Yoi toshi ni narimasu youni.

  • よい としに なりますように。

  • 良い年になりますように。

Learn More

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

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