Meaning of “Akeome(あけおめ)” and “Kotoyoro(ことよろ)”

“Akeome(あけおめ)” is an abbreviation for “Akemashite(あけまして) Omedetou(おめでとう)” which means “A happy new year”.

Most of young people just say “Akeome(あけおめ)” not “Akemashite(あけまして) Omedetou(おめでとう)” to their friends.

Additionaly, we often say “Kotoyoro(ことよろ)” after “Akeome(あけおめ)”.
“Kotoyoro(ことよろ)” is an abbreviation for “Kotoshi(今年) Mo(も) Yoroshiku(よろしく)” which means kind of “Best wishes” maybe…
“Kotoshi(今年)” means “This year”, “Mo(も)” means “too”, “Yoroshiku(よろしく)” means kind of “best regards”.

Anyway, guys, “Akeome(あけおめ) kotoyoro(ことよろ)”!!

*If you want to say “Akeome(あけおめ) kotoyoro(ことよろ)” more polite, you should say like this.
“Akemashite Omedetougozaimasu (あけましておめでとうございます), Kotoshi mo Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu(今年もよろしくお願いします)”

Example Conversation when you meet your friend at the first time in new year.

A: Akeome(あけおめ)
B: Akeome(あけおめ) kotoyoro(ことよろ)

A: あけおめー
B: あけおめー、ことよろー

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