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What does people say when we enter shops? お店に入るとき、私たちはなんて言われている?

There is a phrase you will hear when you entered a shop in Japan. Sometimes it sounds like "Chasse say" or "Letterhead". What are they saying?

Japanese welcomes you by saying the word "Irasshai mase". Off course it means "Welcome!" in English. The thing is that you might not recognize that they are saying so.

Well, we think it is all done by because it is difficult to pronounce this word very polite and formal. If you carefully try to say nice and proper "Irasshai mase", tongue tangles are likely happen, and difficult to pronounce them in active voice.

For that people got tired of saying "Irasshai mase" too seriously, shifting and changing the sound itself to be said easier, and louder. The result is "Letter head", what you hear.

However, there is a shop where you can listen the highly pure "Irasshai mase". After PM tour, please visit the department store in Ginza, "Mitsukoshi". There will definitely be a real and proper "Irasshai mase" welcomes you.

"The Mitsukoshi" Department. It is near our PM tour ending point.







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