The name January in Chinese / Japanese...

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First Month

 yī yuè
 ichi gatsu
January Scroll

一月 is the month of January, the 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, 新年快樂 is the way.

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

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. This 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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 chuu / chu

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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


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yī yuè
    yi1 yue4
i yüeh

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January; first month (of the lunar year)
one month; (adverbial noun) January; (female given name) Mutsuki



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qī zhǒng
    qi1 zhong3
ch`i chung
    chi chung
(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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(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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sān yuán
    san1 yuan2
san yüan
(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


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


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New Year's period (January 1 to 3); (given name) Motomitsu


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dōng zhì
    dong1 zhi4
tung chih
 touji / toji
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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(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


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dà hán
    da4 han2
ta han
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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ninth day of the cold season (approx January 13th)


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xiǎo hán
    xiao3 han2
hsiao han
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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zhēng yuè
    zheng1 yue4
cheng yüeh
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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(1) first month of the lunar calendar; (2) January; (place-name) Muzuki


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lucky bamboo branch (sold during the Toka Ebisu festival in early January)


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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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(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
(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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first three days of the New Year (January 1st to 3rd)


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first three days of the New Year (January 1st to 3rd)


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


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{Shinto} Festival of Origins (January 3)


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{sumo} New Year's Tournament (held in Tokyo in January)


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(See 初売り) going shopping on January 2


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 juusangatsu / jusangatsu
(See 正月・2) January; 13th month


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(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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 koshougatsu / koshogatsu
Little New Year (festival held on January 15); 14th-16th days of the New Year; Koshōgatsu


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January 8-14


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 oshougatsu / oshogatsu
(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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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
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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

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

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