Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimas'!"
Traditional Japanese New Year's GreetingThe written Sino-Japanese (Kanji) character for the Japanese word: "Akemashite":
This character is composed of the two separate kanji for "Sun" (left) and "Moon" (right).
When combined, Sun + Moon gives the meaning of "dawning", "bright," "change."
The meaning(s) of the phrase "Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu" is somewhat complicated, as it is more like a poem than a normal spoken sentence - not to be translated directly - but rather to be understood, "felt," and its essence captured.
However, it could be roughly translated as, and seen to convey the message of:
"The year is changing... darkness gives way to light... new life begins... Congratulations!"