Ome ni Kakaru (お目にかかる – Having the Pleasure of Meeting)

  • Ome ni Kakaru


    The most common Japanese term meaning to meet someone is au (会う).

    However, if you want to show your respect, you can say ome ni kakaru (お目にかかる) instead of au.

    O (お) is a polite prefix, me (目) means “eye,” and kakaru (かかる) means “to be seen (by someone),” the literal meaning of ome ni kakaru is “to be seen with your eyes.”
    「お」は丁寧の接頭辞、「目」は “eye”、「かかる」は “” を意味するので、「お目にかかる」の文字どおりの意味は “to be seen with your eyes” となります。

    For example, you can say ome ni kakarete kōei desu (お目にかかれて光栄です – “I am honored to meet you”) when meeting someone you respect.

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