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Did you know that the Japanese months used to have different names?

I was very pleased when I first learned the Japanese months. ichigatsu 一月, nigatsu 二月, sangatsu 三月…hey, they’re just counting! How easy!

Imagine my surprise today to learn that in the past, the Japanese used month names like we do. The names have some interesting meanings, and are still used in literature.

Read all about them on About.com.

My favorite is shiwasu 師走, the “month of running priests”. :D