3 Ways to Say Happy Birthday in Japanese

Whether you’re sending a birthday card, or writing on a friend’s Facebook wall, it’s good to share.

And you’ll want to wish your Japanese-speaking friends “happy birthday” in Japanese, right?

Here are three different ways to share the love.

How To Say Happy Birthday In Japanese
"How To Say Happy Birthday In Japanese"

Say "Happy Birthday" In Japanese

First of all, let’s say “Happy Birthday”:

1) お誕生日おめでとう! 

o-tanjoubi omedetou

Simple and classic, this one means “happy birthday”, or literally “congratulations on your birthday”.

How To Say Happy Birthday In Japanese

"Happy Birthday Wishes" in Japanese

2) お誕生日おめでとうございます。 

o-tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu

Stick a “gozaimasu” on the end to make it more polite.

Good for people older than you, people you know less well, and definitely good for your boss.

How To Say Happy Birthday In Japanese

"Birthday Wishes" in Japanese

3) ハッピーバースデー!happii baasudee!

This one is actually one of my favourites – a Japan-ified version of the English phrase “happy birthday”.

How To Say Happy Birthday In Japanese
An Other Ways to Say Happy Birthday in Japanese

Wishing you a wonderful birthday!

Subarashii tanjo-bi ni narimasuyouni! 

(すばらしい たんじょうびに なりますように。素晴らしい誕生日になりますように。)

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Happy Birthday to my best friend.– 

Shinyu-no anatani, otanjo-bi omedetou. 

(しんゆうのあなたに おたんじょうび おめでとう。親友のあなたに、お誕生日 おめでとう)

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Happy Birthday, my love. – 

Aisuru anatani, otanjo-bi omedetou. 

(あいするあなたに おたんじょうび おめでとう。愛するあなたに、お誕生日おめでとう)

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Wishing you a wonderful year ahead.

Subarashii ichinen ni narimasu youni. 

(すばらしい いちねんに なりますように。素晴らしい 一年に なりますように。)

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May all your birthday wishes come true. –

Anatano negaiga subete kanaimasuyouni. 

(あなたの ねがいが すべて かないますように。あなたの根願いが全てかないますように。)

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Hope you have the best party ever! – 

Imamadede ichiban saikou na pa-ti- ni narimasuyouni. 

(いままでで いちばん さいこうな パーティー になりますように。今までで、一番 最高な パーティーに なりますように。)

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