Wishing others a Happy New Year in Japanese!
In Japanese, you can say Happy New Year with various expressions so let’s get familiar with a few phrases.
Happy New Year everyone! 明けましておめでとうございます! We hope you’ve enjoyed a great time with your loved ones during these holidays. How did you spend the New Year?
In Japanese, you can say Happy New Year with various expressions, depending on whether you’re in December or January!
What a wonderful expression to get familiar with. The word 明けまして is based on the ideogram “明“, composed of the sun (日) and the moon (月). This kanji has many meanings, among which you’ll find ‘bright’, ‘dawn’, and ‘changing’.
明けましておめでとう is celebrating the dawn of a new year, or simply speaking, the new year’s opening. おめでとうございます is the phrase you’ll use for congratulations in various situations, marriages, birthdays, graduations…
These are some ways in which you can use おめでとうございます:
Congratulations for your marriage.
Congratulations for passing the exam.
Variations of saying “Happy New Year!”
You’ll also find several variations for Happy New Year.
Happiness to you on the dawn [of a New Year]
Happy New Year!
Happiness to you on the dawn of a New Year.
If you’re late to give your wishes, you’ll have to politely apologies.
It is a little late, but Happy New Year.
“I look forward to working with you in the New Year!”
When wishing a Happy New Year, you’ll also say 今年もどうぞよろしくお願いします which can be translated as “we’ll be counting on you this year as well”. Keep in mind that the expression can’t be translated easily. Depending on the context, it may have various meanings.
When following new year wishes, the phrase calls for a good relationship this year as well. For most Japanese, it’s a custom greeting mostly used when you are around your colleagues and clients.
Indicating “This Year”
‘This year’ can be express with 今年, more natural and friendly or with 本年, in a formal document and polite letter.
Happy New Year. Without change, I will be counting on you this year as well.
It’s a little late, but I will be counting on you this year as well.
I am late to present my salutations, but Happy New Year. I will be counting on you this year as well.
When giving your wishes to your boss, make sure to thank him for his guidance!
This year as well, I will be counting on your guidance.