Expression Question

What are ways to say goodbye in Japanese?

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


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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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