With the sad disappearance of Silver Week workers in Japan won’t be getting much of a break this September. While those people that weren’t happy about the length of this year’s Golden Week can feel good about it, for the rest of us, the fact that we only get two Mondays off in a row (on September 16 and September 23 respectively) is a bummer.
Still, if you want to make a long weekend of it, requesting the Friday before off could be a good way to squeeze out some more rest time before the end of the Japanese summer.
So what’s the best way to ask for some vacation at work? Here’s a few phrases to help.
50 Shades of Time Off
年休 (ねんきゅう) = annual leave. You’ll hear this a lot if you’re working as an ALT or language teacher.
有休 (ゆうきゅう) = a holiday with pay (the standard way to refer to paid leave)
振替休日 (ふりかえきゅうじつ) = a holiday given to compensate for working outside one’s hours, also 代休 だいきゅう is used
病休 (びょうきゅう) = sick leave
When you want to get time off work, you will need to use your polite Japanese.
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