Question: What do Japanese people say when they drink?

(乾杯 (かんぱい), literally Empty the cup/glass), sometimes transcribed Kampai!, is a Japanese drinking toast.

What do Japanese people say before taking a shot?

The traditional word for cheers in Japanese is Kanpai. Say it while gently touching the sake cups together before taking your first sip.

How do you toast a drink in Japanese?

The easiest way to say cheers in Japanese is with an enthusiastic kanpai! (sounds like gahn-pie). You may hear banzai! shouted at some point, but leave that for some frenzied moment later.

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