Q: When someone in the United States sneezes, people usually say “Bless you”. Is there a correct response to when somebody sneezes in Japan. Thanks – Rick
A: The short answer is… no! You could translate it into Japanese but usually you don’t say anything, and it would probably sound strange if you did. I think the most common thing you’d hear would be people who’d say “Bless you” in English because a lot of people find it quite cute that we do have an expression for it in English!
One similar phrase that you could use is お大事に (o daiji ni) which sort of means “take care of yourself” You hear it quite a lot when you do something like going out into the cold!