#085: Sho-gatsu (category: month)
The Japanese word "Sho-gatsu", which means "January", is originally derived from Chinese. The kanji (refer to #017) "sho" in "Sho-gatsu" is "correction" in English and "gatsu" is "month", respectively. As it indicates, January must be a month for many people to correct (or renew) their mindset.
People in Japan currently use the word "Sho-gatsu" for January in the Gregorian calendar and "Old Sho-gatsu" for January in the Julian calendar. Its polite expression Osho-gatsu is more common among Japanese.
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