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Subject: Japanese greetings
From: TAKASUGI Shinji (tssf.airnet.ne.jp)
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 04:04:18 GMT
References: 1, 2

"Konnichiwa" always works. You can use it in the morning and in the night.

Some people use "yâ" or "yô" as casual greetings like "hi", but they are not so common. I think saying nothing is common for close friends. They just start talking without greetings.

Example: Tarô went to a book store and found Jirô there.

Jirô:Tarô, nani shiteruno? (What are you doing here, Tarô?)
Tarô:Hon o kai ni kitanda. (I came here to buy a book.)
Jirô wa? (How about you, Jirô?)
Jirô:Tachiyomi. (Just to read books in a book store, not to buy.)
Tarô:Fûn. (I see).
Jâ, mô ikanakya. (Well, I must go now.)
Jâne. (Bye)

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