In America, parents can address their son as son. For example, "Son, could you open the window for me?" Do Japanese parents address their son as 息子?Thanks.

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    In my experience, parents say this in the movies or TV as a quick means of establishing relationships. Or in books due to bad writing. In real life, I don't think this would be very common in modern usage. (Or perhaps it's a regional thing?) – mattdm Dec 9 '17 at 15:28
  • What you say may be possible as I am not a native English speaker myself. However, I have seen and heard myself a father addressing his son son in real life a few years ago in America. That's why I ask. Agreed, it isn't as common as using his first name. – Stack0verflow Dec 10 '17 at 16:56

No, we basically never do that in Japanese culture.

We would use the actual name or nickname of the son nearly 100% of the time.

The only time that I could think of some people addressing their sons as 「息子{むすこ}」 would be in very serious/important letters or poems. In such cases, it would generally be 「息子」 instead of just 「息子」.

Even on those occasions, however, most parents would just use the actual name.

  • Thanks. That's very interesting. I have always been wondering about this but have not been able find the answer. – Stack0verflow Dec 9 '17 at 2:41

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