The Strange Thing About Writing ‘Thank You’ in Japanese

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

It never occurred to me before, but the Japanese characters for “thank you” are composed of two unlikely words:

有: To have, possess

難: Difficulty, hardship

有難う: Thank you

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Kaki Okumura

Kaki Okumura

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Born in Dallas, raised in New York and Tokyo. I care about helping others learn to live a better, healthier life. My site: www.kakikata.space 🌱