|Kanji in this term|
- hello, sorry for any trouble
Said upon arrival when visiting someone's place. Literally means “I'm being a bother,” “I'm bothering you,” in recognition of the likelihood that the visit puts some burden on the visitee, such as taking up their time.
At the end of the visit, upon departing, the visitor may say お邪魔しました (o-jama shimashita), “I've been a bother” → “thank you for your time.”