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It is no joke. Among us native speakers, we generally do not say the same time-of-the-day greeting more than once to the same person per day. Sometimes we do it twice by mistake and when that happens, a fairly awkward moment could pass even though most people would just laugh it off in a friendly way. We actually would sometimes apologize briefly for ...


こんにちは means hello where as こんばんは means good evening. The guy in the video that you saw may have been saying that if you saw someone later on in the day it's more formal to say こんばんは (good evening) rather than こんにちは (hello). In regards to how many times you can say this to each individual person, there is no limit :) hope this helps!

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