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New Moon

China xīn yuè
Japan shingetsu
New Moon Vertical Wall Scroll

新月 literally means new moon.

This can also refer to a crescent moon or the first lunar phase that occurs every 29.53 days.

In Japanese, this can be the female given names, Wakatsuki, Nidzuki, or Nitsuki. It can also be the surnames Shintsuki, Shingetsu, or Aratsuki.

Broken Mirror Rejoined

Used in modern times for divorced couples that come back together
China pò jìng chóng yuán
Broken Mirror Rejoined Vertical Wall Scroll

A husband and wife separated and reunited.

About 1500 years ago in China, there lived a beautiful princess named Le Chang. She and her husband Xu De Yan loved each other very much. But when the army of the Sui Dynasty was about to attack their kingdom, disposed of all of their worldly possessions and prepared to flee into exile.

They knew that in the chaos, they might lose track of each other, so the one possession they kept was a bronze mirror which is a symbol of unity for a husband and wife. They broke the mirror into two pieces, and each of them kept half of the mirror. They decided that if separated, they would try to meet in the fair during the 15th day of the first lunar month (which is the lantern festival). Unfortunately, the occupation was brutal, and the princess was forced to become the mistress of the new commissioner of the territory, Yang Su.

At the Lantern Festival the next year, the husband came to the fair to search for his wife. He carried with him, his half of the mirror. As he walked through the fair, he saw the other half of the mirror for sale at a junk market by a servant of the commissioner. The husband recognized his wife's half of the mirror immediately, and tears rolled down his face as he was told by the servant about the bitter and loveless life that the princess had endured.

As his tears dripped onto the mirror, the husband scratched a poem into his wife's half of the mirror:

You left me with the severed mirror,
The mirror has returned but absent are you,
As I gaze in the mirror I seek your face,
I see the moon but as for you, I see not a trace.

The servant brought the inscribed half of the mirror back to the princess. For many days, the princess could not stop crying when she found that her husband was alive and still loved her.

Commissioner Yang Su, becoming aware of this saga realized that he could never obtain the love of the princess. He sent for the husband and allowed them to reunite.

This proverb, 破鏡重圓, is now used to describe a couple who has been torn apart for some reason (usually divorce) but have come back together (or remarried).
It seems to be more common these days in America for divorced couples to reconcile and get married to each other again. This would be a great gift if you know someone who is about to remarry their ex.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your new moon search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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Japanese shingetsu / しんげつ
Broken Mirror Rejoined Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese new moon; crescent
Japanese (See 三日月) new moon; crescent moon

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Mandarin shuò / shuo4
Taiwan shuo
Japanese saku / さく
Chinese beginning; first day of lunar month; north
Japanese (1) {astron} new moon; (2) first day of the lunar month; (3) (in ancient China) next year's calendar and decrees (distributed by the Emperor at year's end)


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Japanese shogetsu / しょげつ Japanese (1) (See 睦月・1) first lunar month; (2) first month; (3) first moon of the month; new moon



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Mandarin bù sà / bu4 sa4
Taiwan pu sa
Japanese fusatsu
poṣadha, upavasatha, upoṣana; 布沙他 (or 布灑他); 褒沙陀 Pali: uposatha; fasting, a fast, the nurturing or renewal of vows, intp. by 淨住 or 善宿 or 長養, meaning abiding in retreat for spiritual refreshment. There are other similar terms, e. g. 布薩陀婆; 優補陀婆; also 布薩犍度 which the Vinaya uses for the meeting place; 鉢囉帝提舍耶寐 pratideśanīya, is self-examination and public confession during the fast. It is also an old Indian fast. Buddha's monks should meet at the new and fall moons and read the Prātimokṣa sutra for their moral edification, also disciples at home should observe the six fast days and the eight commands. The 布薩日 fast days are the 15th and 29th or 30th of the moon.


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Mandarin dàn wàng / dan4 wang4
Taiwan tan wang
Japanese tanmō
The new moon and full moon, or first, and fifteenth of the moon.


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Mandarin yuè xiàng / yue4 xiang4
Taiwan yüeh hsiang
Japanese gessou / gesso / げっそう
Chinese phases of moon, namely: new moon 朔[shuo4], first quarter or waxing moon 上弦[shang4 xian2], full moon 望[wang4] and last quarter or waning moon 下弦[xia4 xian2]
Japanese phase of the moon


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Mandarin yuè méi / yue4 mei2
Taiwan yüeh mei
Japanese gatsumi
New moon eyebrows, i. e. arched like the Buddha's.


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Mandarin yuè quē / yue4 que1
Taiwan yüeh ch`üeh / yüeh chüeh
Chinese new moon


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Japanese getsurei / getsure / げつれい Japanese (1) age of the moon; number of days since the new moon; (2) age in months (esp. of an infant)


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Mandarin shuò yuè / shuo4 yue4
Taiwan shuo yüeh
Chinese new moon; first day of the lunar month


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Mandarin shuò wàng / shuo4 wang4
Taiwan shuo wang
Japanese sakubou / sakubo / さくぼう
Chinese the new moon; the first day of the lunar month
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) first and fifteenth days of the lunar month (corresponding to new moon and full moon)


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Japanese mikazuki(p);mikazuki(ik) / みかづき(P);みかずき(ik) Japanese new moon; crescent moon



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Mandarin sì zhāi rì / si4 zhai1 ri4
Taiwan ssu chai jih
Japanese shi sainichi
The four fast days, i. e. at the quarters of the moon— new, full 8th, and 23rd; four days of abstinence


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Japanese tsukinotsurugi / つきのつるぎ Japanese (poetic term) (archaism) new moon; crescent moon


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Mandarin shuò wàng cháo / shuo4 wang4 chao2
Taiwan shuo wang ch`ao / shuo wang chao
Japanese sakubouchou / sakubocho / さくぼうちょう
Chinese spring tide (biggest tide, at new moon or full moon)
Japanese (obscure) (See 大潮) spring tide


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Mandarin ā mù qū / a1 mu4 qu1
Taiwan a mu ch`ü / a mu chü
Japanese Amokukya
(阿目佉跋折羅) Amogha, or Amoghavajra, 阿牟伽 (or 阿謨伽 or 阿穆伽) intp. 不空 (不空金剛) a monk from northern India, a follower of the mystic teachings of Samantabhadra. Vajramati 金剛智 is reputed to have founded the Yogācārya or Tantric school in China about A.D. 719-720. Amogha succeeded him in its leadership in 732. From a journey through India and Ceylon, 741-6, he brought to China more than 500 sutras and śāstras; introduced a new form for transliterating Sanskrit and published 108 works. He is credited with the introduction of the Ullambana fesival of All Souls, 15th of 7th moon, v. 盂. He is the chief representative of Buddhist mysticism in China, spreading it widely through the patronage of three successive emperors, Xuanzong, Suzong, who gave him the title of 大廣智三藏 q.v., and Daizong, who gave him the posthumous rank and title of a Minister of State. He died 774.


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Japanese misokazuki / みそかづき Japanese (obscure) new moon; lunar phase when the moon is completely invisible


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Japanese suupaamuun / supamun / スーパームーン Japanese supermoon; full moon or new moon occurring while the Moon is closest to the Earth

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
New Moon新月shingetsuxīn yuè / xin1 yue4 / xin yue / xinyuehsin yüeh / hsinyüeh
Broken Mirror Rejoined破鏡重圓
pò jìng chóng yuán
po4 jing4 chong2 yuan2
po jing chong yuan
p`o ching ch`ung yüan
po ching chung yüan
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