月 - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji
Kun readings 🇯🇵
On readings 🇨🇳
The pictogram originally represented the quarter moon and then changed over time until it took the form we know 月.
The meaning of many kanji like this is interesting and profound as they also develop the characteristics of the object or phenomenon they represent in their meaning.
月 also takes on the meaning of month, referring to the motor of revolution of the Moon around the Earth.
月 thus appears in all months of the year with its on reading.
Generally when two kanji join to form a word they are read according to the on reading of Chinese origin.
- １ 月 - January
- ２ 月 - February
- ３ 月 - March
- ４ 月 - April
- ５ 月 - May
- ６ 月 - June
- ７ 月 - July
- ８ 月 - August
- ９ 月 - September
- １０ 月 - October
- １１ 月 - November
- １２ 月 - December
the moon next to the sun, indicates the day and month on a date and it is read as がっぴ (
If we want to indicate the date of birth, we say 生年月日 (
- 生きる kanji of
to be born,
to have origin,
to come to light
the moon placed near the light, becomes the
moonlight, like Ludwig van Beethoven's famous sonata.
月 as a radical also takes on the meaning of
flesh and appears in many terms that indicate the anatomical parts of the organism:
- 肝臓 - The liver
- 肺 - The lungs
- 腕 - The arms
- 背 - The back
New Year's Eve is considered the oldest holiday.
gekkanmonthly, period of a month
shingetsuthe New Moon
mangetsuthe Full Moon
gekkei the menstrual cycle. It is interesting to note that the word contains the Moon element, which with its motion around the Earth and the various phases constitutes a cyclical process.
月商 is the
monthly turnover as shown in the publication below. Rakuten, a well-known Japanese group, in 3 steps starts from a monthly turnover of 1 million yen, aims to reach 10 million yen.
Do you know Japanese udon? A type of Japanese pasta, similar to spaghetti, but thicker, more consistent and also more elastic. Among the various dishes based on udon, we have 月見うどん, udon to admire the moon which in the dish is symbolically represented by the egg yolk.
This reading is the standard for the meaning
moon 月. This reading then refers to things related to
moon and also
This reading is used in compound words related to
This is also the reading for
This reading is used for the names of the months of the year, and it derives from the**"Month(s) of the lunar calendar"**: