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Happy New Year! Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Culture, Grammar, Holidays

“A man who knows two languages is worth two men.”

French Proverb


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Happy New Year, everyone!

Hope everyone had a great winter break. Some of you are already back to work and others might be still on long vacation.

2018 has just began, and this is the time of the year to reset everything and start fresh. Do you already have a New Year resolution?  How about a resolution about learning Japanese? What’s your goal in learning Japanese this year?

Obviously, learning a foreign language requires an effort, where you have to be consistent in learning from one thing to another. In my blog this year, I would like to provide you with the learning method as well as some tools to improve in learning Japanese. I hope you will be able to reference my site as your extra learning site.


Today’s topic is all about the beginning of the year greetings in Japanese.  I finished off my last post with the end of the year greetings.

Here are some of the common and useful phrases you would want to know.


A Happy New Year!

Shinnen akemashite omedetou gozaimasu.

新年 あけまして おめでとう ございます。(しんねん あけまして おめでとう ございます。)


I look forward to your continued support this year. 

Kotoshi mo douzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.

今年も どうぞ よろしく お願いします。(ことしも どうぞ よろしく おねがいします。)


I am sorry for getting in touch with you so late, I appreciate for your continued support this year. 

Shinnen no goaisatsu ga osokunari kyoshuku desuga, honnenmo douzo yoroshiku onegai itashimasu.

新年の ご挨拶が 遅くなり 恐縮ですが、本年も どうぞ よろしく お願い いたします。

(しんねんの ごあいさつが おそくなり きょうしゅくですが、 ほんねんも どうぞ よろしく おねがい いたします。)


Let’s keep on working together this year. 

Kotoshi mo oshigoto issho ni ganbari mashou.

今年も お仕事 一緒に頑張りましょう。 (ことしも おしごと いっしょに がんばりましょう。)


I hope you will have a great year. 

Subarashi ichinen to narimasu youni.

素晴らしい 一年と なりますように。(すばらしい いちねんと なりますように。)


Wishing you a new year with plenty of joy and happiness. 

Takusan no yorokobi to shiawase de michita shinnen to narimasu youni.

沢山の 喜びと 幸せで 満ちた 新年と なりますように。

(たくさんの よろこびと しあわせで みちた しんねんと なりますように。)


Wishing you a great year!

Kono ichinenga subarashii toshi ni narimasu youni!

この 一年が 素晴らしい 年に なりますように!(この いちねんが すばらしい としに なりますように。)


 I wish everyone a wonderful year filled with love, joy, peace, happiness, good health, success, amazing good luck, endless fun & laughter, and successful Japanese learning!  

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About the Author:keiko

Born and raised in Japan. She currently lives in U.S. with her husband and two kids.


  1. xx:

    I guess どうぞ is “dözo” instead of “douzo”?

    • keiko:

      @xx Hi there,

      Yes, I think you might be right. You can say also “do-zo” where “o” sound is a bit longer. 🙂