Expression Question

What are ways to say goodbye in Japanese?

What are common ways to say goodbye in Japanese for different situations?


If you want to be poetic, you could say さらば saraba, which is similar to the English farewell - and in its normal sense also used like that, as a last goodbye. E.g. さらば友よ! saraba tomo yo! - Farewell, my friends!

Among friends you could also use the very informal あばよ abayo, but I would observe your friends first before using something like that. Some of my Japanese friends use it, and then I feel OK using it as well towards them. Its origin lies in the former: さらばよ sarabayo.



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