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January in Chinese / Japanese...

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January

First Month
China yī yuè
Japan ichi gatsu
January

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

Happy New Year

China xīn nián kuài lè
Happy New Year

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

China yuè
Japan tsuki
Moon

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).


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin chǒu / chou3
Taiwan ch`ou / chou
Japanese ushi / うし
Moon
Chinese 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°; surname Chou
Japanese second sign of Chinese zodiac (The Ox, 1am-3am, north-northeast, December); (personal name) Chuu; (personal name) Ushi

一月

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Mandarin yī yuè / yi1 yue4
Taiwan i yüeh
Japanese mutsuki / むつき    hizuki / ひづき    kazuki / かづき    ichitsuki / かずき
Moon
Chinese January; first month (of the lunar year)
Japanese one month; (adverbial noun) January; (female given name) Mutsuki; (female given name) Hidzuki; (female given name) Kadzuki; (female given name) Kazuki; (female given name) Itsuki; (surname) Ichitsuki

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Mandarin zi / zi
Taiwan tzu
Japanese ne / ね    shi / し    kou / ko / こう
Chinese (noun suffix); son; child; seed; egg; small thing; 1st earthly branch: 11 p.m.-1 a.m., midnight, 11th solar month (7th December to 5th January), year of the Rat; Viscount, fourth of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]; ancient Chinese compass point: 0° (north)
Japanese first sign of Chinese zodiac (The Rat, 11pm-1am, north, November); (1) child (esp. a boy); (2) (See 子爵) viscount; (3) (honorific or respectful language) master (founder of a school of thought, esp. Confucius); (4) (See 諸子百家) philosophy (branch of Chinese literature); non-Confucian Hundred Schools of Thought writings; (5) (archaism) you (of one's equals); (suffix noun) (6) -er (i.e. a man who spends all his time doing...); (1) (obscure) child; (n,n-suf) (2) (obscure) interest; (personal name) Nene; (place-name) Ne; (given name) Shigeru; (female given name) Konoe; (surname) Ko
kumāra; son; seed; sir; 11-1 midnight; child

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

七種


七种

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Mandarin qī zhǒng / qi1 zhong3
Taiwan ch`i chung / chi chung
Japanese nanatane / ななたね    nanakusa / ななくさ    natane / なたね    shichitane / しちたね    shichishu / しちしゅ    shichigusa / しちぐさ    saegusa / さえぐさ    saigusa / さいぐさ    saikusa / さいくさ
Japanese (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; (surname, given name) Nanakusa; (surname) Natane; (surname) Shichitane; (surname) Shichishu; (surname) Shichigusa; (surname) Saegusa; (personal name) Saigusa; (surname) Saikusa
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

七草

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Japanese nanakusa / ななくさ    shichisou / shichiso / しちそう Japanese (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; (given name) Shichisou

人日

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Japanese ninnichi;ninbi / にんにち;にんび    jinjitsu / じんじつ Japanese man-day; person-day; (See 五節句) seventh of January (lunar calendar) (one of the five annual festivals)

元三

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Japanese ganzan / がんざん Japanese (n-adv,n-t) New Year's period (January 1st to 3rd); (given name) Motomitsu; (surname, given name) Motomi; (given name) Motozou; (male given name) Genzou

冬至

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

大寒

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

寒九

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

小寒

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

正月

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Mandarin zhèng yuè / zheng4 yue4
Taiwan cheng yüeh
Japanese shougatsu / shogatsu / しょうがつ
Chinese first month of the lunar year
Japanese (1) New Year (esp. first three days); (2) the first month of the year; January; (surname) Mutsuki; (surname, given name) Masatsuki; (surname, given name) Shougetsu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

睦月

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Japanese mutsuki / むつき Japanese (1) first month of the lunar calendar; (2) January; (place-name) Mudzuki; (surname, female given name) Mutsuki

福笹

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

鏡餅

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Japanese kagamimochi / かがみもち Japanese 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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Japanese kagamimochi / かがみもち Japanese (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.

1月

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Japanese ichigatsu / いちがつ Japanese (adverbial noun) January

お正月

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Japanese oshougatsu / oshogatsu / おしょうがつ Japanese (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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Mandarin yī yuè fèn / yi1 yue4 fen4
Taiwan i yüeh fen
Chinese January

三が日

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

三箇日

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

元始祭

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

初場所

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

初買い

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

十日戎

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

後七日

see styles
Japanese goshichinichi / ごしちにち Japanese January 8-14

御正月

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

摩伽陀

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Mandarin mó jiā tuó / mo2 jia1 tuo2
Taiwan mo chia t`o / mo chia to
Japanese Magada
Magadha, cf. 摩竭陀 also used for Māgha, the month January-February.

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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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