Hi, How are you doing?
We just had the Spring Festival in Takayama.
The festival lasts for 2 days but we had a rainy day on the first day so the festival floats didn’t go out.
However they did on the 2nd day.
I was able to see them and take some pics.
About Takayama City, you can check my another post:https://hidanotaka.com/about-takayama/
We have festival 2 times a year here. Come visit if you have a chance!
This time I listed useful Japanese words and phrases that you can use during your stay in Japan.
There are still many places where the staff can only use Japanese, so I’m sure these expressions here will be of some help.
If you could use some of them, it will be much easier to communicate and make friends in Japan!
・Basic words and phrases
Hello/Good morning. More casual way of saying it is おはよう/Ohayou.
Good night. More casual way of saying it is おやすみ/Oyasumi.
Thank you. More casual way of saying it is ありがとう/Arigatou.
How are you? More casual way of saying it is 元気?/Genki?
・Getting to know each other
Nice to meet you.
私の名前は〜です/Watashino Namaewa …Desu.
My name is …
あなたの名前は何ですか？/Anatano Namaewa Nanndesuka?
What is your name?
好きな（映画/音楽/スポーツ)は何ですか？/Sukina (Eiga/Ongaku/Sport) Wa Nandesuka?
What is your favorite (Movie/Music/Sport)?
お会いできて良かったです。/Oaidekite Yokatta Desu.
It was nice meeting you.
Take care/See you again.
See you/Goodbye. A bit more casual way of saying it is さよなら/Sayonara.
You could also say じゃあね/Jya Ne to your friends. While さようなら is polite and often used as a farewell message,
じゃあね often has the meaning “See you again soon/Let’s meet again”.
・At a store/restaurant
What is this/that?
Good. More casual way of saying it is いいね/Iine.
I’m fine/It’s OK (Polite way of saying No).
You could also say 結構です/Kekkou Desu to directly say “No thanks”.
(Wifi/この商品)はありますか?/(Wifi/Kono Sho-hin) Wa Arimasuka?
Do you have Wifi/this product?
(トイレ/試着室/レストラン/メニュー)は何処ですか? (Toilet/Shichakushitsu/Restaurant/Menu) Wa Dokodesuka?
Where is a (toilet/fitting room/restaurant/menu)?
〜へ行きたいです/…E Ikitai Desu.
I’d like to go to 〜．
〜を食べたいです/…Wo Tabetai Desu.
I’d like to eat 〜．
〜をしてみたいです/…Wo Shite Mitai Desu.
I’d like to try 〜．
This one, please (requesting).
Please (Offering)/Please go ahead/Here you are.
もう一度言ってください/Mouichido Itte Kudasai.
Please say it again.
ゆっくり言ってください/Yukkuri Itte Kudasai.
Please speak more slowly.
(写真を撮っても/触っても)良いですか？/(Shashinwo Totemo/Sawattemo) Iidesuka?
Is it OK to (take a picture/touch)?
Excuse me. More polite way of saying it is ごめんなさい/Gomenasai I’m sorry.
Until what time are you open?
What do you recommend?
I can’t eat ~. If you are a vegan/vegetarian, check my another post:https://hidanotaka.com/vegetarian-and-vegan-in-japan/
Thank you for the meal.
クレジットカードは使えますか？/Credit Card Wa Tsukae Masuka?
Can I use my credit card?
いらっしゃいませ or いらっしゃい/Irashaimase or Irashai
It means “Welcome” or “May I help you?”
店内でお召し上がりですか/Tennaide Omeshiagari Desuka?
Will you be eating here?
Is this takeout?
喫煙ですか、禁煙ですか?/Kitsu-en Desuka, Kin-en Desuka?
Smoking or Non-Smoking?
I don’t feel well.
Please help me!
Thanks to the advance of technology, nowadays you can communicate using a translator even if you don’t speak any Japanese at all.
But if you know some Japanese words and phrases, your stay in Japan will be a lot more fun and you can have the “Real communication” with locals without any devices and I’m sure it will be a great experience!
People will really appreciate it if you try talking in Japanese.
If you are interested in learning some Japanese slangs, check my another post :https://hidanotaka.com/japanese-slangs/
Have fun learning and speaking Japanese!
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