In my language you can just keep adding a particle before "the day after tomorrow" and with every particle it becomes the day after that. I was just wondering whether there is a way to say this in Japanese.

I can think of something like 「明後日の次の日」 but is there some suffix or prefix you can add to something as many times as you need it?

Also, is there a way to say "the day before the day before yesterday" in a similar way?

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We say (in my region, at least)...

あさって (明後日) -- the day after tomorrow (can also be read みょうごにち)
あさって (明々後日) -- two days after tomorrow (can also be read みょうみょうごにち)
ししあさって (明々々後日) -- three days after tomorrow (can also be read みょうみょうみょうごにち)

おととい/おとつい (一昨日) -- the day before yesterday (can also be read いっさくじつ)
さきおととい/さきおとつい (一昨々日) -- two days before yesterday (can also be read いっさくさくじつ)
(but not さきさきおととい/さきさきおとつい...)

  • Thanks! It seems that in the first you can just repeat the kanji multiple times for more days but I don't get how you'd say '3 days before yesterday'.
    – Username
    Apr 25, 2019 at 17:56
  • "3 days before yesterday" は、「[四日前]{よっかまえ}」ですかね・・
    – chocolate
    Apr 25, 2019 at 18:00
  • Yeah... Sorry for the dumb question. 有り難う御座います 。 :)
    – Username
    Apr 25, 2019 at 18:02
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    「おっととととい」じゃなかったんだ… 😕
    – deceze
    Apr 25, 2019 at 20:20

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