#085: Sho-gatsu (Semiweekly-pedia of Japan)


#085: Sho-gatsu (category: month)

Sho-gatsu Japan

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.


(Monday, January 20th, 2014)    See Archive

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