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Japanese Dates, Months, Days and Weeks

Days of The Week From Sunday to Saturday

DAY HIRAGANA ROMAJI PRONUNCIATION KANJI
Sunday Sunday Nichi-Youbi Sunday
Monday Monday Getsu-Youbi Monday
Tuesday Tuesday Ka-Youbi Tuesday
Wednesday Wednesday Sui-Youbi Wednesday
Thursday Thursday Moku-Youbi Thursday
Friday Kin-Youbi Friday
Saturday Saturday Do-Youbi Saturday

 

Days of the Month

NUMBERS ROMAJI [PRONUNCIATION HIRAGANA KANJI ENGLISH
1 tsuitachi [tsuitachi] tsuitachi 1Nichi First
2 futsuka [futsuka] hutuka 2Nichi Second
3 mikka [mikka] mikka 3Nichi Third
4 yokka [yokka] yokka 4Nichi Fourth
5 ituka [itsuka] itsuka 5Nichi Fifth
6 muika [muika] muika 6Nichi Sixth
7 nanoka [nanoka] nanoka 7Nichi Seventh
8 youka [yo:ka] yo:ka 8Nichi Eighth
9 kokonoka [kokonoka] kokonoka 9Nichi Nineth
10 touka
[to:ka]
touka 10Nichi Tenth
11 juuichinichi
[ju:ichinichi]
zyuuitiniti 11Nichi Eleventh
14 juuyokka
[ju:yokka]
zyuuyokka 14Nichi Fourteenth
20 hatsuka
[hatsuka]
hatuka 20Nichi Twentyth
24 nijuuyokka
[niju:yokka]
nizyuuyokka 24Nichi Twenty fourth
31 sanjuuichinichi
[sanju:ichinichi]
sanzyuuitiniti 31Nichi Thirty first

Months from January to December

Numbers Japanese English
Romaji
[Pronunciation]
Hiragana Kanji
1 itigatu
[ichigatsu]
 いちがつ 一月 January
2 nigatu
[nigatsu]
にがつ  二月 February
3 sangatu
[sangatsu]
さんがつ  三月 March
4 sigatu
[sigatsu]
しがつ  四月 April
5 gogatu
[gogatsu]
ごがつ  五月 May
6 rokugatu
[rokugatsu]
ろくがつ  六月 June
7 sitigatu
[sichigatsu]
しちがつ  七月 July
8 hatigatu
[hachigatsu]
はちがつ 八月 August
9 kugatu
[kugatsu]
くがつ 九月 September
10 zyuugatu
[ju:gatsu]
 じゅうがつ 十月 October
11 zyuuitigatu
[ju:ichigatsu]
 じゅういちがつ  十一月 November
12 zyuunigatu
[ju:nigatsu]
じゅうにがつ 十二月 December

Last Month, This Month and Next Month

Months Japanese Relative Months
English
Romaji
[Pronunciation]
Hiragana Kanji
せんげつ sengetsu
[sengetu]
 せんげつ 先月 Last Month
 こんげつ kongetsu
[kongetu]
 こんげつ  今月 This Month
らいげつ raigetsu
[raigetu]
らいげつ 来月 Next Month

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Days Japanese Relative Days
English
Romaji
[Pronunciation]
Hiragana Kanji
おととい ototoi
[ototoi]
おととい 一昨日 the day before yesterday
きのう kinou
[kinou]
 きのう 昨日 yesterday
きょう kyou
[kjou]
 きょう 今日 today
あす asu
[asu]
あした 明日 tomorrow
あさって asatte
[asatte]
 あさって 明後日 the day after tomorrow

Last Week, This Week and Next Week

Japanese  Relative Weeks
English
Romaji
[Pronunciation]
Hiragana Kanji
senshu
[senshu]
せんしゅう 先週 last week
konshu
[konshu]
 こんしゅう 今週 this week
raishu
[raishu]
 らいしゅう 来週 next week

Last Year, This Year and Next Year

Japanese  Relative Year
English
Romaji
[Pronunciation]
Hiragana Kanji
kyonen
[kyonen]
 きょねん 去年 last year
kotoshi
[kotoshi]
 ことし 今年 this year
rainen
[rainen]
 らいねん 来年 next year

Examples of Japanese Dates

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In Japanese dates, the month comes first, and then the day. If the year is included, it comes at the beginning. A Japanese date of Monday, January 15, 2007 may look like any of the following:

(Note that the first symbol of the day of the week is sometimes included in parentheses– in this case 火 for 火曜日.)

1月15日
1月15日(火)
2007年1月15日(火)
2003.1.15
1/15 (火)

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