This will be a list of items that I feel are helpful and possibly relevant to any foreign national visiting Japan. I would type in hirigana/katakana/kanji, but I have yet to figure out how to convert my keyboard to allow me to do so. (So if you know how, please leave a comment on how to! Arigatou!)
Hope this is insightful and useful! If you know anyone additional pointers, phrases, etc., please feel free to share 🙂
Here’s a list of things I’ve learned while living in Japan:
-If you go on a trip and tell people, be sure to bring back “umiyagi,”(pronounced oo-me-ya-gee) it’s a type of souvenier/food gift for friends, family, and coworkers
-“Yoroshiku onegaishimasu” (pronounced yo-row-shi-ku-o-ne-guy-she-maas) is something to say when you meet someone new, when someone does something for you, formal situations, etc. There really isn’t a phrase in English that is similar.
-“Mecha umai” (pronounced met-cha-oo-my-e), which is slang for “very good” and then there’s “cho umai” (pronounced cho-oo-my-e) which means “very, very, very, very good.”
-“Ohisashiburi” (pronounced o-he-sa-she-boo-re), which is closely translated to “long time, no see” in English.
-“Chotto matte kudasai” (pronounced cho-toe-ma-tay-koo-duh-sai-ee), which is translated as “Please wait a minute.”