Nice to Meet You in Japanese | Useful Expressions for each occasion

The first time my husband met my family in Japan, he didn’t know so much Japanese.

He greeted and told them his name in Japanese, then they told him     Nice to meet you“.

He answered “OK“.

He asked me “what did they just say to me?

He was so shocked to realize that he answered them wrong.

Of course, my family didn’t care at all but, you know…

Anyone wants to make a good first impression!!

And I guess you may also not know how to answer “Nice to meet you in Japanese.

Let me show you how to say Nice to meet youin Japanese and help you make a good first impressions!

How to say ”Nice to meet you!” in Japanese?

How to say Nice to meet you! in Japanese is はじめまして(Hajimemasite)!.

This is the formal and also casual way to say ”Nice to meet you.” in Japanese.

English:        Nice to meet you!

Kanji:          初めまして

Hiragana:   はじめまして

Pronunciation:  Hajimemashite

When you want to introduce yourself in any occasion to Japanese, this would be the best way. Please remember that はじめまして is a word that Japanese people use only when you meet someone for the first time!

Let’s see an example conversation!

Conversation example for はじめまして!


こんにちは (konnichiwa) / Hello
こんにちは (konnichiwa) / Hello
はじめまして! (hajimemashite) / Nice to meet you!

アヤです。(Aya desu) / I’m Aya.


はじめまして! (hajimemashite) / Nice to meet you!

オリビアです。(Oribia desu) / I’m Olivia.

こちらこそ、よろしくおねがいします。(Kochirakoso, yoroshiku-onegaishimasu)※

よろしくおねがいします。is a word used in combination with はじめまして。This is an original Japanese word to show respect and also asking for your kind cooperation.

こちらこそ means “Me, too.”

You can use this word with some phrase like Sorry and Thank you.

For example, こちらこそ、ありがとうございます。(Kochirakoso, Arigatou-gozaimasu) / Thank you, too.

If you would like to add a formal expressions to はじめまして / Nice to meet you, you can try using the following phrases!

Let’s add a formal expressions!

Here are some formal expressions you can add.

This is casual and also formal way. You can use this phrase with your friends, family, boss and colleagues.

English:          Glad to see you!

Kanji:      お会いできて嬉しいです。

Hiragana:     おあいできてうれしいです。

Pronunciation:   Oaidekite Ureshī-desu

This is more polite way. In Japan, there is a culture of using polite ways to talk for elder people. So when you meet elder people, try using this way.

English:        It’s a pleasure to meet you.

Kanji:      お目にかかれて嬉しいです。

Hiragana:  おめにかかれてうれしいです。

Pronunciation:  Ome ni kakarete Uresī-desu

This is the most polite phrase.  You can use it when you feel honored to meet that person.

English:      It’s an honor to meet you.

Kanji:        お目にかかれて光栄です。

Hiragana:  おめにかかれてこうえいです。 

Pronunciation: Ome ni kakarete Kouei-desu

When you giving a speech in front of many people

English:       I am glad to seeing you all.

Kanji:        みなさんにお会いできて嬉しいです。

Hiragana:    みなさんにおあいできてうれしいです。

Pronunciation: minasan ni oaidekite uresī-desu

If you want to convey the joy of finally meeting,

English:       I was looking forward to seeing you.

Kanji:       お会いできる日を楽しみにしていました。

Hiragana:   おあいできるひをたのしみにしていました。

Pronunciation: Oaidekiru hi wo Tanoshimini-shiteimashita

※If you would like to say “I’ve been looking forward to meeting you.”

You can add ずっと(zutto) in front of 楽しみにしていました.


(Oaidekiru hi wo zutto Tanosimini-siteimasita)

If you are invited to a party or ceremony, you can also say this phrase to the person who invited you.

English:     Thank you for inviting us (me) today.

Kanji:     本日はお招き頂きありがとうございます。

Hiragana: ほんじつはおまねきいただきありがとうございます。

Pronunciation: Honjitu wa Omaneki-itadaki   Arigatougozaimasu

When you want to give a first greeting by email to someone you meet on the Internet, the following phrases may also be useful.

First Greeting by Email

Basically how to say “Nice to meet you” in Japanese by email is same as you meeting in parson. Here is an example,

本田 様 (Aya sama) / Dear Mr./Ms.Honda

はじめまして。 (Hajimemashite) / Nice to meet you.

オリビアと申します。(Oribia to mooshimasu) / My name is Olivia.

突然のメール失礼致します。(Totsuzen no meeru shitsurei-itashimasu)

/ I’m sorry for the sudden email.

With this, the first sentence of the email is perfect!

After this, you can write the message you want to convey to the person.

You may also would like to add this phrase at the end of sentence if you plan to meet the person in the near future!

English:        I’m looking forward to meeting you in person soon.

Kanji:            近々直接お会いできる日を楽しみにしています。

Hiragana:    ちかぢかちょくせつおあいできるひをたのしみにしています

Pronunciations:  Chikajika chokusetsu oaidekiru hi wo                                             tanoshimini-shiteimasu

Today’s Summary

When you meet a Japanese for the first time,

Let’s greet them with はじめまして! (Hajimemashite) / Nice to meet you!

This is the casual and also polite way. You can’t go wrong with this.

Please also remember to introduce yourself telling them your name and add

よろしくおねがいします。 (Yorosiku-onegaisimasu) to it.

This is very essential!!

Let’s learn proper way to introduce yourself in Japanese and make a good first impressions!


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