I want to post a handwritten letter to a Japanese penpal.

I want to ask: What is your address ?

貴方の address は何ですか ?

The dictionary gives the following translations:


The list goes on.

What is the most appropriate translation for my situation ?

Also if you'd like to go into the nuanced difference and usage between the various translations listed that would be very useful.

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When asking people's mailing address, 住所 is the correct word. However, instead of あなた, you should use your penpal's name and title, or perhaps a nickname if you have been using one before.


It would be even better to ask it a bit more politely:


Be sure to know how to write your penpal's full name on the envelope correctly.

アドレス would work but it is more of an IT term. 宛先 refers to the destination of the letter whereas 表書き stands for what is written on the envelope. 所番地 means an address but is not as commonly used as 住所.

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