Addressing the Kawada Family

xxxelizz

Member
australia; english
Hi,

I've been given a writing task which asks me to write a letter to a family I stayed with in Japan called Kawada.
I'd like to know 1) What is the kanji for Kawada?
and 2) How should I address the family? Kawadasan? Or is san only with first names?

Arigatogozaimasu!
 
  • kusurija

    Senior Member
    Lithuania Czech
    Hi,
    very much combinations are possible.
    IMHO most likely it would be 川田 or 河田[Kawada], but best tip would be to obtain his visit/bussines card. IMHO ~さん can be used with family too. But I'm not native Japanese, so answer of native Japanese is needed.
     

    Ocham

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    I'd like to know 1) What is the kanji for Kawada?

    It should be 川田 or 河田. 川田 is more common but
    no one can decide which. It's too late. You should
    have written it down.


    and 2) How should I address the family? Kawadasan?
    Or is san only with first names?

    I recommend "minasan" which literally means every
    member of the family. "Kawadasan" sounds odd to
    me. San only with first names is quite OK when you
    address each member separately.
     
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    Flaminius

    coclea mod
    日本語 / japāniski / יפנית
    Hi xxxelizz,

    I would address an invidual Kawada as Kawasa-san but not a group of them. An address for the whole family is: カワダ家のみなさんへ (literally, for dear everyone of the Kawada family). Since the kanji representation of your host family is unknown, I thought it is safer to use katakana even if it's rare.
     
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