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06:31 Nov 20, 2001
English to Japanese translations [Non-PRO]
/ personal letter
English term or phrase: goodbye
salutation in a letter
richard hammond

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5 +1敬具
Eden Brandeis
4SayonaraSerge L



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Sayonara is not usually used in letter writing. In any kind of formal letter (personal letters are often formal), you would use the pair 拝啓 (haikei) to open the letter and 敬具 (keigu) to close the letter. In informal letters between women, seasonal greatings are used to close the letter or sometimes かしこ (kashiko).

In really informal letters between friends, the above is too formal. Typically friends might write

<name> より (yori)

at the end of a letter or email.

Sometimes the pair 前略 (zenryaku) and 早々 (sousou) are used to open and close a very short letter.

Finally, in informal letters, people frequently say "take care" (お元気で) or "send my regards to Kinuko" (絹子にもよろしくを伝えてください).

    "Writing Letters in Japanese" The Japan Times
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