Thursday, May 30, 2013

Name of the month in Japanese & English

(posted; Etymology page)  
Hi, how are you doing, my friends;
In Japan, rainy season has started and it is very important season for the rice crops.

As you can see from this "name of the month" page, we have two types of way calling the name of the month. Commonly, numbers are used like 6 month (6月).  The other traditional one has meaning behind the Chinese Characters and sounds elegant.  June has confusing traditional name for us with the letter "無,without". 

Besides this "new style dates" & "old style dates" theory, it seems there is another one.  Well, let me skip here -:)) 

*English version*

I'm pasting from this page, found so interesting especially after September.

Most months are derived from Latin words or from the names of Roman gods and rulers.January, for instance, comes from Janus, the Roman god of doors and of beginnings and endings. Janus had two faces, one that looked forward and another that looked backward. January was named after Janus because the month looks both at the end of the previous year and the beginning of the new one.
February comes from the Latin februare, "to purify." The Latins celebrated the festival of forgiveness for sins on February 15.
March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war.
April is likely named after the Latin aperire, or "to open," signifying the opening of buds in the spring.
May comes from the Roman goddess Maia, a deity associated with fertility.
June comes from the goddess Juno, the chief Roman goddess.
July is named after Julius Ceasar.
August is named for Augustus Ceasar.
The last four months are named after numbers. The original Roman calendar had only ten months and began in what is now March, so the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth months of our calendar coincided with the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth months of the Roman calendar. Septem is Latin for "seven," octo is latin for "eight," novem is Latin for "nine," and decem is Latin for "ten."

      Even though I can name the Japanese traditional version, 
I only knew some of the traditional meaning. 
First to know the meaning behind the English version.   
I feel so happy to have the chance to know through posting them to blog

ps> So sorry for posting before visiting you! I'll be able to tonight, my friends♡♡♡  
      I was busy last couple of days and will be for a while tending farther etc.  
      Also, thanks again for visiting this long post.  Hope to come back soon♬♬♬ 

Linking this post to "Our World Tuesday" 


  1. 'no rain in heaven' - i like that.

    and i found the last 4 mos. names of numbers very interesting.

  2. I like the use of the numbers and names. I think it is funny that June is rainy season yet the name means "no water month" - maybe they are referring to Heaven. xo

  3. what a fascinating post, my dear friend! I love learning things like this. I apologize for my brief comment- I am having internet problems and am having to use my phone- ugh.

  4. Actually you are right, now that I come to think of it each month has a meaning! Thank you for this

  5. Miyako,

    Sempre aprendendo muito com você.
    Vim desejar um lindo final de semana! Beijos

  6. Dearest Miyako,
    Love your postings about literary things! This is most interesting as I did not know about the numbers either for the last 4 months.
    Hugs to you,

  7. Oh how interesting! It sure is confusing June is called Minazuki brcause we get plenty of water.
    I like the idea of no water in haven, but probably the luna calendar theory is correct :-)
    The English version is interesting, too! I did not know about last four month were named in such way!
    I enjoyed your post a lot. Have a great day, Miyako san!

  8. What an interesting post dear Miyako. You always come up with something a little different for us to read and learn about! Thank you for always leaving such sweet comments over at my blog. I really do appreciate them and always love hearing from you! Take care my friend. Sending you love and blessings from West to East xx

  9. Dearest Miyako san,
    I just interesting what you ever said
    I enjoyed your post from you!
    Have a wonderful with Otosan all the time Miyako san!!

  10. How interesting! I knew about the Roman origins but didn't realize that some of the months are named after numbers!

  11. I didn't even know all of that information about the English names of the months...thank you for educating me about Japan and about my own language (you are an excellent teacher).

    Hydrangeas such as the Japanese article shows bloom very beautifully in Oregon... I am looking forward to seeing them when we get there later this summer.

  12. I hope your father is doing well and you have had a good visit with him.

  13. The western calendar of course I knew the meanings of the months but was very interested in the Japanese months. I too love the 'no rain in heaven' month equivalent to our June. In Australia we are having rain as it is our first month of winter.

  14. Interesting post. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  16. very interesting. i hope you get enough rain for the rice to grow.

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