手紙の書き方 [84/365]

I found out last week that my former boss in Japan is closing her 英会話 school to become a public school teacher. Even when I worked there she had been talking about qualifying and I did wonder what that meant for the future of Neo Culture Club, so it isn’t entirely surprising.

英会話
(えいかいわ)
“eikaiwa”
English conversation

Naturally I will be sending her a letter, and I wanted to write it in Japanese. However, I know that Japanese letters follow very prescribed politeness conventions and you can’t be as direct as you can in English. What I want to express is that I am grateful to her for hiring me for three years and that I had a fantastic time working for her, as well as express my sadness about the school closing but happiness that she is pursuing her dream.

I immediately messaged Philip to ask what I should write but he’s very busy with marking at the moment so he gave me a quick reply directing me to this site.

Tegami no Kakikata

手紙の書き方
(てがみ の かきかた)
“tegami no kakikata”
how to write a letter

In Philip’s words: “Midori is a stationery company, so naturally they want to encourage people to write letters, but there are some excellent resources (provided you can handle a Japanese-only environment!)”

Well…will I be able to handle a Japanese-only environment? Probably not well enough to get the exact wording I want, and I will fall back on English. For me it is very important that if I write this card in Japanese then it be flawless. Despite my pessimism I am going to try my best.


Wish me luck!


Image credit: The header image is the card I am sending! It was designed by my sister-in-law Jenny Sturgeon. She has a shop here where you can buy awesome products 🙂

2 Comments

    1. Thank you! For Christmas last year my brother and his wife (the creator of the card) asked me what I wanted and I said “I want some of Jenny’s cards!!!”. He asked if I was serious and I explained – more or less – that when you get to my age you pretty much have all the “stuff” you ever wanted, so some cards from my sister-in-law’s etsy store that I can then send to people I care about…well that’s what I really want 🙂 I was super happy with what they gave me! 😀

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