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January in Chinese / Japanese...

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First Month
yī yuè
ichi gatsu
January Vertical Wall Scroll

一月 is the month of January, first month of the year, in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Happy New Year

xīn nián kuài lè
Happy New Year Vertical Wall Scroll

If you want to wish someone a happy new year this is the way.

You can hang this up during Western New Years (Dec 31st - Jan 1st) and keep it up until after Chinese New Years which happens in either January or February of each year (it changes from year to year because China uses a lunar calendar).


Moon Vertical Wall Scroll

月 is how to write the title for "moon" in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

月 is also used to refer to the month. 月 is because China traditionally uses a lunar calendar, so saying "next moon" is the same as saying "next month" etc.
In modern Chinese and Japanese and old Korean, the character for a number is put in front of this moon character to represent western months. So "one moon" is January "two moons" is February etc.

If you are wondering, in the east Asian way to write dates, the character for "sun" or "day" is used with a number in front of it to express the day of the month. So "ten moons, one sun" becomes "October 1st" or "10/1" (this date happens to be Chinese National Day - The equivalent of Independence Day in the USA, Canada Day, or the Queen's Birthday).

In Japanese, 月 can be a surname that romanizes as Tsuki, Tsukizaki, or Takagetsu.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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chǒu / chou3
ch`ou / chou
 ushi / うし
Moon Vertical Wall Scroll
clown; 2nd earthly branch: 1-3 a.m., 12th solar month (6th January to 3rd February), year of the Ox; ancient Chinese compass point: 30°
second sign of the Chinese zodiac (The Ox, 1am-3am, north-northeast, December); (personal name) Chuu

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píng / ping2
p`ing / ping
 byō / へい
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flat; level; equal; to tie (make the same score); to draw (score); calm; peaceful; see also 平聲|平声[ping2 sheng1]
(prefix) (abbreviation) (See 平成) nth year in the Heisei era (January 8, 1989-April 30, 2019); (surname) Yoshi
Even, level, tranquil; ordinary.


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yī yuè / yi1 yue4
i yüeh
 mutsuki / むつき
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January; first month (of the lunar year)
one month; (adverbial noun) January; (female given name) Mutsuki

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yín / yin2
 tora / とら
3rd earthly branch: 3-5 a.m., 1st solar month (4th February-5th March), year of the Tiger; ancient Chinese compass point: 60°
third sign of the Chinese zodiac (The Tiger, 3am-5am, east-northeast, January); (surname) Fusa



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qī zhǒng / qi1 zhong3
ch`i chung / chi chung
 shichi shu / ななたね
(1) (abbreviation) the seven spring flowers; (2) (abbreviation) the seven fall flowers; the seven autumn flowers; (3) (abbreviation) the seventh of January; Festival of Seven Herbs; (surname) Nanatane
seven kinds


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 nanakusa / ななくさ (1) (abbreviation) the seven spring flowers; (2) (abbreviation) the seven fall flowers; the seven autumn flowers; (3) (abbreviation) the seventh of January; Festival of Seven Herbs; (surname, female given name) Nanakusa


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 sangen / さんげん (1) (See 上元,中元・1,下元) 15th day of the 1st, 7th and 10th lunar months; (2) heaven, earth and man; (3) January 1; New Year's Day; (can act as adjective) (4) {chem} ternary; (female given name) Miyuki


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 gosetsu / ごせつ the five festivals (January 7, March 3, May 5, July 7 and September 9)


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 ganzan;gansan / がんざん;がんさん New Year's period (January 1 to 3); (given name) Motomitsu


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dōng zhì / dong1 zhi4
tung chih
 touji / toji / とうじ
Winter Solstice, 22nd of the 24 solar terms 二十四節氣|二十四节气 22nd December-5th January
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (See 二十四節気) winter solstice; (surname, given name) Touji


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dà hán / da4 han2
ta han
 daikan / だいかん
Great Cold, 24th of the 24 solar terms 二十四節氣|二十四节气 20th January-3rd February
(1) (time of) extreme cold; (2) (See 二十四節気) "major cold" solar term (approx. January 20, roughly the coldest time of the year); (given name) Osamu


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 kanku / かんく ninth day of the cold season (approx January 13th)


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xiǎo hán / xiao3 han2
hsiao han
 shoukan / shokan / しょうかん
Lesser Cold, 23rd of the 24 solar terms 二十四節氣|二十四节气 6th-19th January
(See 二十四節気) "minor cold" solar term (approx. January 6); (female given name) Kosamu


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píng chéng / ping2 cheng2
p`ing ch`eng / ping cheng
 heisei / hese / へいせい
Heisei, Japanese era name, corresponding to the reign (1989-2019) of emperor Akihito 明仁[Ming2 ren2]
(See 元号) Heisei era (January 8, 1989-April 30, 2019); (place-name) Heisei (reign of emperor)


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zhāo hé / zhao1 he2
chao ho
 shouwa / showa / しょうわ
Shōwa, Japanese era name, corresponding to the reign (1925-1989) of emperor Hirohito 裕仁[Yu4 ren2]
Shōwa era (December 25, 1926-January 7, 1989); Showa era; (given name) Terukazu


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zhèng yuè / zheng4 yue4
cheng yüeh
 shōtsuki / しょうがつ
first month of the lunar year
(1) New Year (esp. first three days); (2) first month of the year; January; (surname) Mutsuki
the first month of the year


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 mutsuki / むつき (1) first month of the lunar calendar; (2) January; (place-name) Muzuki


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 fukuzasa / ふくざさ lucky bamboo branch (sold during the Toka Ebisu festival in early January)


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 kagamimochi / かがみもち mirror-shaped mochi, usu. a pair stacked in order of size with a daidai on top, used as a New Year offering, then cut and eaten on January 11.


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 kagamimochi / かがみもち (out-dated kanji) mirror-shaped mochi, usu. a pair stacked in order of size with a daidai on top, used as a New Year offering, then cut and eaten on January 11.


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 oshougatsu / oshogatsu / おしょうがつ (1) (polite language) New Year (esp. first three or fifteen days); (2) (polite language) the first month of the year; January


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yī yuè fèn / yi1 yue4 fen4
i yüeh fen


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 sanganichi / さんがにち first three days of the New Year (January 1st to 3rd)


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 sanganichi / さんがにち first three days of the New Year (January 1st to 3rd)


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 gosekku / ごせっく the five festivals (January 7, March 3, May 5, July 7 and September 9)


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 genshisai / げんしさい {Shinto} Festival of Origins (January 3)


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 hatsubasho / はつばしょ {sumo} New Year's (January) tournament, held in Tokyo


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 hatsugai / はつがい (See 初売り) going shopping on January 2


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 juusangatsu / jusangatsu / じゅうさんがつ (See 正月・2) January; 13th month


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 tookaebisu / とおかえびす (See 恵比寿・えびす) festival held on January 10 in honor of Ebisu, the god of fishing and commerce

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Lookup January in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
January一月ichi gatsu / ichigatsuyī yuè / yi1 yue4 / yi yue / yiyuei yüeh / iyüeh
Happy New Year新年快樂
xīn nián kuài lè
xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
xin nian kuai le
hsin nien k`uai le
hsin nien kuai le
Moontsukiyuè / yue4 / yueyüeh
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