SoReDeWa = Then

SoReDeWa means “then” in Japanese.

Japanese people use the word in “Good Bye” as well.

SoReDeWa (Then) I will do this.  SoReDeWa (Then) let’s do this.  SoReDeWa (Then) what do you think?  


SoReDeWa bye!  (Bye, then!)

DeWa can be shortened as “Ja”.

So many Japanese use it as “SoReJa”.

Bye now!

Dewa; Then and And and Now and Bye.

“DeWa” means “then” in Japanese.

But Japanese people quite often use it when they ask for leave.

They also use it for “now” as in “Now we start”.

In rehearsals, the director commands to reprise the scene by saying “DeWa” (“Now, please start”).

In eating, you say “DeWa” to start.

Another little word.
But strong word.
It starts things.

Ja; Well Then.

Japanese people use “Ja” quite often.

“Ja” is another magic word which can be used almost anything.

It’s just like “Well” in English.

“Ja” is “Good bye”.
“Ja” is “See you”.
“Ja” is “Yes”.
“Ja” is “No”.“
Ja” is “Then”

Japanese people love to shorten sentences. They don’t finish the sentence. The listeners must guess from both the situation, tone of the voice, and the facial expression.

It is strongly connected with Japanese mind (which I must tell you at some point in the future).

A little word.
A small word.
Meaning big.
Meaning a lot.





















AriGato; thank you.

You may already know this word, AriGaTo (a-ri-ga-to).

It means “thank you”.

“Ari” means ‘be’, or ‘there is’.
“Ga-to” is from “gata-i”, meaning ‘rarely’.

It rarely happens.
What a rare thing!

The Japanese use this word only when receiving good things, words, deeds, and reaction.

“How rare this happiness is!” is AriGato.

You use the word almost any time, and that will smoothen the interaction.

AriGato is a magic word to make the world peaceful.

You combine the word with Oji-Gi, the bowing custom.

Thank you.
What a rare happiness from you!
The world is made with appreciation.

Te-re-Ka-ku-shi; Uneasy Smile

As I said before, Japanese are very shy and not good at expressing their feelings on their faces.

What’s more confusing is that they smile.

The Japanese smile when they are shy.
The Japanese smile when they are angry.
The Japanese smile when they are sorry.
The Japanese smile when they are interviewed by a TV reporter about very very tragical news.

Well, not always, of course.

But most of the time, for sure.

But please don’t think the Japanese are stupid or heartless.

We the Japanese simply don’t know how to deal with big feelings.

It is an uneasy smile.
Te-re-Ka-ku-shi, is the Japanese word.

Te-re means shyness and/or nervousness.
Ka-ku-shi means hiding.

Uneasy Smile.
Hiding nervousness.
By showing no harm.Beautiful.

Do-mo, a magic word

Along with bowing, we Japanese often (or rather, always) say “Domo, domo”.

Do-mo [do-mo] is one of the strangest words in Japanese.

You can use it both positively, negatively, questionably, thankfully, and at almost any situations.

The origin of the word Do-mo may be from “somehow”.
For, “Do-” means “how”.

You can use it when …. receive something.
…you bump into somebody.
…you want to apologize.
…you want to show your appreciation.
…you are asked about your health and you don’t want to answer it.

Thinking about it, Do-mo may be close to English word “well”.

A magic word.
Show your feeling
By hiding your thoughts.

Ak-shu, the shaking hands

Ak-shu [a k sh] means shaking hands.

As I said before, Japanese greet with bowing.We rarely touch other people’s body.

People from shaking-hands culture may be surprised at how weak and shy hands a Japanese has.
We Japanese are simply not accustomed to it.

Please greet us with bowing.

Well, as a theatre practitioner, I teach shaking hands (truly, they need to be taught!) to university students and global business people — many times with executives.
I also find that business executives from other Asian countries also love to know how to shake hands.

But do you know how to shake hands properly without awkwardness?  
Shaking hands is a part of acting techniques.
It’s that difficult!

Ojigi, the Bowing

When you meet somebody, you greet.

It’s the first and most important starting moment of communication which must lead to interaction.

Many countries use shaking hands for greeting.
In Japan, greeting is mainly done by bowing,
O-ji-gi [o ji gi].

Bend from the hip joints is the key for looking great.

Try with breathing.

Ready;  stand up straight.
Set; take a breath in.
Action; bend from the hip joints, with breathing out.
And; come back from the hip joints, with taking a breath in.

Beautiful Japanese custom.
Giving your head.
Showing no harm.
It’s the sign of most sincere trust.

De-a-i, the first contact

De-a-i 出会い in Japanese means the first contact.

Nowadays, the word De-a-i is used specially wishing for meeting ideal people.

I am waiting for the De-a-i moment.
Are you?

Waiting for the moment of a dream.