How to enter/leave someone’s house politely in Japanese?…おじゃまします/おじゃましました


おじゃまします(ojama shimasu)… entering



おじゃましました(ojama shimashita)… leaving




Direct translation is “I am going to bother you” and “I have bothered you”.



It is very common in Japan to say something before and after an event. For instance, before and after eating a meal, before and after a class, before and after a meeting etc. This may be a reason why people think Japanese are so polite.


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