[DYK] Names for Months

In more ancient times, names for months did not follow the Chinese model of simple numbering; each month had a distinct name related to agriculture and the seasons. However, in modern times, even before the Meiji Restoration and consequent adoption of the Gregorian system, months were numbered sequentially [note the Kanji (Chinese Character) for moon is used for “month”]:

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*People believed that in NanaTsuki (October), all the gods and deities gathered at Izumo Shrine (near modern Matsue in Shimane Prefecture). In a sense, for other Prefectures, it was a “Month of No Gods”.



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