I spent time in Okinawa in the 80s (I was in the Navy). I didn't learn much Japanese, as they all spoke perfectly good English, and I was at an age where I didn't realize what a great opportunity I was given for learning about another culture...
I did learn a few words/phrases.
Ohayo Gosaimasu - Good morning
Sayonara - good bye
Domo arigato - Thank you very much
Gomenesai - I'm sorry
Kon-ban-wa - Good evening
binjo - toilet or sewer ditch
Did you know that if you are in an auto accident resulting in the injury or death of a Japanese national, that you would have to pay "Gomenesai" money to the family for the rest of that person's expected life. This included what that person was earning at the time, what his/her potential for earning was expected to be...etc. Of course, this was in the 1980s...I don't know if that law exists today, but there were few auto accidents over there, due to careless driving.
Fall down seven times, get up eight. - Japanese proverb
Always we begin, again. - St. Benedict
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