|How do you say
「お元気ですか。」（おげんきですか）[o-gen-ki-dess-ka] "Are you embodying your original vitality today?" This phrase is not used daily, it's used when you have not seen someone in a long time. If you asked every day, someone might think they are looking somewhat ill and you are confirming they are alright. Usually people simply say 「今日はいかがですか。」（きょう・は・いかが・ですか）[kyohh-wa ee-ka-ga-dess-ka] "Regarding your day, how is it?" Which is more open-ended and allows one to answer as they please. Japanese culture "starts and ends with the respectful bow," which is more emblematic of how civilization functions on Japan than smalltalk such as "How are you?" While there are many greeting terms in Japan, most of them are for embarking on a new harmonious relationship 「よろしくお願いします」（よろしく・おねがいします） [yo-ro-shi-ku o'ne-gai-shi-mas] "May our joint venture go well" is the general gist of such statements.