Languages › Japanese The Meaning of the Japanese Word Konbanwa Japanese Greetings Share Flipboard Email Print Getty Images/Jonathan McHugh Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated May 07, 2019 Whether you're visiting Japan or you're simply trying to learn a new language, knowing how to say and write simple greetings is a great way to start communicating with people in their language. The way to say good evening in Japanese is Konbanwa. Konbanwa shouldn't be confused with "konnichi wa," which is a greeting often during daytime hours. Greetings for Day and Night Japanese citizens will use the morning greeting "ohayou gozaimasu," most often before about 10:30 a.m. "Konnichiwa" is used most often after 10:30 a.m., while "konbanwa" is the appropriate evening greeting. Pronunciation of Konbanwa Listen to the audio file for "Konbanwa." Japanese Characters for Konbanwa こんばんは。 Writing Rules There is a rule for writing hiragana "wa" and "ha." When "wa" is used as a particle, it is written in hiragana as "ha." "Konbanwa" is now a fixed greeting. However, in the old days it was a part of sentence such as "Tonight is ~ (Konban wa ~)" and "wa" functioned as a particle. That's why it is still written in hiragana as "ha."