Once again, happy new year! Let us have a mini language lesson to usher in the new year! (Cultural practices was posted by President in this post.) 🙂
To greet someone Happy New Year, you say:
あけましておめでとう (akemashite omedeto)
As you can see, it’s quite long! It is common that young people shorten things up, so this is the informal way of saying the same greeting!
あけましておめでとう (akemashite omedetou)
→ あけおめ (akeome)
Because it is a new year, the following are also commonly said to seek good relations throughout the new year:
今年もよろしく (kotoshi mo yoroshiku)
Now, the whole phrase is extremely long:
あけましておめでとう, 今年もよろしく (akemashite omedetou, kotoshi mo yoroshiku)
Now, to shorten it up!
あけましておめでとう, ことしもよろしく (akemashite omedetou, kotoshi mo yoroshiku)
→ あけおめことよろ (akeome kotoyoro)
Have a Happy New Year! あけおめことよろ! (akeome kotoyoro!)