January in Chinese / Japanese...

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January

First Month
yī yuè
ichi gatsu
January 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 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).

yuè
tsuki
Moon 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.


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
新年快乐
xīn nián kuài lè
xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
xin nian kuai le
xinniankuaile
hsin nien k`uai le
hsinnienkuaile
hsin nien kuai le
Moontsukiyuè / yue4 / yueyüeh
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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chǒu
    chou3
ch`ou
    chou
 ushi
    うし
Moon 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°
(1) the Ox (second sign of the Chinese zodiac); (2) (obsolete) (See 丑の刻) hour of the Ox (around 2am, 1-3am, or 2-4am); (3) (obsolete) north-northeast; (4) (obsolete) twelfth month of the lunar calendar; (personal name) Chuu

一月

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

七種


七种

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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

七草

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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

三元

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sān yuán
    san1 yuan2
san yüan
 sangen
    さんげん
(old) first place in civil service examinations at three levels: provincial 解元[jie4 yuan2], metropolitan 會元|会元[hui4 yuan2] and palace 狀元|状元[zhuang4 yuan2]
(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

五節

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

元三

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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

冬至

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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

大場

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 ooba
    おおば
(1) wide place; (2) {hanaf} (See 場・ば・6) starting field containing any of the January, March or August 20-point cards; (place-name) Daiba

大寒

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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

寒九

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

小寒

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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

正月

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zhēng yuè
    zheng1 yue4
cheng yüeh
 shougatsu / shogatsu
    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

睦月

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

福笹

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

鏡餅

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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.

鏡餠

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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.

お正月

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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

一月份

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yī yuè fèn
    yi1 yue4 fen4
i yüeh fen
January

三が日

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

三箇日

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

五節句

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

元始祭

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

初場所

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

初買い

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

十三月

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

十日戎

see styles
 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

小正月

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 koshougatsu / koshogatsu
    こしょうがつ
Little New Year (festival held on January 15); 14th-16th days of the first month of the year; Koshogatsu

後七日

see styles
 goshichinichi
    ごしちにち
January 8-14

御正月

see styles
 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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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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