How to finish your letter or email in Japanese

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There are set phrases to finish up your letter or email in Japanese. They are very handy to use at the end of your writing.

Letter to your friends

がんばる子
がんばる子

The Kanji characters in the chart below are ALL 200 basic Kanji.

WordHiraganaRomajiMeaning
どうぞよろしく。do u zo yo ro shi kuNice to see you.
会えるのを楽しみにしています。あえるのをたのしみにしています。a e ru no wo ta no shi mi ni shi te i ma suLook forward to seeing you.
気をつけて。きをつけて。ki wo tsu ke teTake care.
じゃあまたね。ja a ma ta neSee you later.
じゃあね。ja a neSee you.

A formal letter

All of them below is the same and you can use them at the end of your writing in a formal letter. They are hard to translate but could mean ‘Please be good (or nice) to me.’ The first one is polite enough. The fourth one is the most polite.

がんばる子
がんばる子

The Kanji characters in yellow below ARE 200 basic Kanji.

WordHiraganaRomaji
宜しくお願いします。よろしくおねがいします。yo ro shi ku o ne ga i shi ma su
宜しくお願い致します。よろしくおねがいいたします。yo ro shi ku o ne ga i i ta shi ma su
卒宜しくお願い致します。なにとぞよろしくおねがいいたします。na ni to zo yo ro shi ku o ne ga i i ta shi ma su
卒宜しくお願い申しげます。なにとぞよろしくおねがいもうしあげます。na ni to zo yo ro shi ku o ne ga i mo u shi a ge ma su

Kanji in the set phrases

何卒(なに・とぞ)
This is an adverb to emphasise 宜しく.

宜しく(よろ・しく)
This means ‘good’.

お願い(お・ねが・い)
This could mean ‘please’. It is used when you ask.

致します(いた・します)
This is a polite word of します.

申し上げます(もう・し・あ・げます)
This is a polite word of 致します.

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