This invitation was sent to me and other members of our section some time ago, but I feel it provides a nice example of the sort of messages that are sent over the office intranet. See how much you can understand by reading through it first without using plugins like Rikaichan to help you! Naturally, names have been changed :).
協和会 幹事 田中
You’ll notice first the layout of the message. Rather than having sentences run on across the page, the general trend in Japan when writing emails, online diaries and other electronic messages is to start a new line for most sentences. This keeps the message easy to read even on big monitors. While it would probably look strange to do the same thing in English, it does seem to be rather effective in Japanese, so it’s good to get into the habit of doing it yourself.
Alrighty then, let’s move on and take a look at the Japanese in the message!
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