And what you have been waiting for! How to say Happy New Year
In formal japanese (like to my boss this morning):
"akemashite omedetou gozaimasu"
or common speech ( you know like to your mom
or your punk little brother
(Well, not exactly rude
because I greet my friends with it):
Notice how the greeting gets wonderfully smaller and smaller as it gets less formal and then rude. Beautiful
isn't it! Also, usually a little more is added to this greeting which together means remember me and favor me in the new year (I actually said this whole phrase to my boss and coworkers this morning).
"shinnen akemashite omedetou gozaimasu. kotoshi yoroshiku onegaishimasu".
But to you I say -
"ake ome. koto yoro."