How to Say Happy New Year in Japanese

Greetings for Special Occasions

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Greeting with appropriate words is important for socializing. Here are some useful expressions for special occasions.

How to Say Happy New Year in Japanese

Happy New Year! (During New Year's days which are Jan.1st to 3rd, up to the middle of January.)

New Year's Celebration

The New Year is the most important time of the year in Japan, just like Christmas in the west.

I wish you will have a good new year. (At the end of the year.)

Seeing someone after a long absence

I haven't seen you in a long time.

Long time no see.

There is a Japanese song titled "Ohisashiburi ne(お久しぶりね)". "Ne(ね)" is a sentence particle. Ne is used to seek confirmation and is similar to English expressions such as "right?" or "don't you agree?".

To reply to "Gobusata shite imasu," "Kochira koso (Same here)" is used. In casual conversations among friends, simply repeat "Hisashiburi!" or "Hisashiburi ne".