Japanese people are very particular about their greetings. They are one of the most important aspects of their culture. They believe that greetings are the ways to show respect to each other. While greeting, the gesture of the person should be right. Japanese people bow from their waist when they greet each other. This act of bowing is called "Ogiji" in Japanese. The main objective behind Ojigi is that this is a sign of giving respect to each other. There are different ways of Ojigi for both males and females. Greeting someone in a lazy manner is considered disrespectful. If you are planning to go to Japan, it is better to have knowledge of the very basic Japanese greetings.
Following is the list of very simple and basic set of Japanese greetings, which is used in day-today conversations:-
|How do you do?||HAJIMEMASHITE|
|What is your name?||ONAMAEWA?|
|My name is Katsumi||WATASHI WA KATSUMI TO IIMAS|
|Girl-friend / Boy-friend||KOIBITO|
Greeting to ask how are you along with the different ways to answer it:-
Question: Ogenki desu ka? How are you?
(This question can be answered in three ways)
Ans 1: Okage samade genki desu. With gods grace i am fine, thank you.
Ans 2: Hai, mama desu. Yes, I am so-so.
Ans 3: Hai genki desu. Yes I am fine.
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