The tricky part is the use of Kanji characters for the day, month and year. You'll have to do your own mapping of the accepted languages value to a date format string. When this method is used, there is no room for the ju character, but a zero is sometimes necessary. Reference: Writing the year according to the Nengo sysytem is as follow. Also, there are things called counters, which are required to count different types of objects, animals, or people. Take the era's starting year, add the era year, and subtract 1.
If the date on a package has passed, she tosses it in the trash. Whether this will become a custom of the past or not, what is clear is that the Japanese Imperial family and the Japanese calendar is here to stay at least for a while yet. It's something most of us struggle with when we first arrive, and I'd imagine even some of those who are fluent may not have known every word or kanji at first. Date and time notation in Japan has historically followed the and the system of counting years. Taisho Era began July 30, 1912 Showa Era began December 25, 1926 Nen Years Gatsu Months Saku Made in Compound Numbers Generally, a digit placed before a ju 10 should be multiplied by 10 while a digit coming after should be added.
Until 1995, companies were required to label foods with the date of manufacture. . So, when translating or transliterating sword date inscriptions, it is best to read them as a numeric month rather than converting them into a Gregorian month. It seems that the more complicated a well-formed character, the more liberties are taken in the calligraphic form. Meat and Seafood Labels These labels vary a bit depending on the store, but in general, you'll probably see the following information, or something similar. Discover great restaurants, amazing places and unique culture! With the interchanging of dates, it's not always easy for Japanese people to remember all of them either. Japanese years are calculated by the number of years the Emperor has reigned.
It is instructive to look at them to see some of the types of variations that were used. But every time I got to the register, the cashier put all the items in plastic bags anyway. For it's one of the those unicorn-level-rare times that the Japanese language way actually makes more sense than the western languages way! Therefore, inscriptions containing these two characters are often avoided and alternative characters are used instead. The Chinese Numerals Japanese is one such language which doesn't use Arabic numerals 0, 1, 2. Reading the year Year on Japanese coins is the the year of the current emperor's reign followed by his name.
In this 3 examples, the first example is rarely used and the most commonly used in the third. Irregular readings are colored in red. Occasionally, a date will appear in the lower margin, usually reading from right to left, but sometimes from left to right. If you are counting people, you must use the people counter, etc. Well, your problems are now things of the past!!! For Meiji, add the character date to 1867. An exception is the first year of an era where the Japanese word gan is used instead of ichi 1. We also write the years in arabic numbers as well with the year kanji symbol after the numbers.
A guide to reading food labels in Japan is also one of the most popular post topic requests I've received. Japan is, in many ways, one of the most modern and technologically advanced countries in the world. A similar character for 30 is called sanju Nelson's 78 , with 3 vertical strokes. His May 17, 2014 post discusses reading Japanese dates, and the information is equally relevant to collectors of Japanese coins and paper money. Then, we will have the date of this Japanese coin, which is 1998.
Some locales print leading zeroes, others suppress them. Below is a chart of the basic numbers used for days and months. This is where the problems start, however. How to Read Food Labels on Imported Goods Let's take a look at a different kind of food label. I'd also use the smartphone app, ShinKanji, to search for various kanji and words I couldn't read. Information board at , , showing train listings and departure times. If you have any alternate interpretations, please.
Here is a chart of exceptions to look out for. The digit 1 is smaller than 2, but because 1 comes before 2 in 123 the 1 hundred is the bigger number. The date is indicated by the emperor's era name using its Kanji symbols followed by the year of the emperor's reign. To illustrate how this works, let's look at the days around the transition from the Taisho era to the Showa era: Western Date Japanese Year Month Day December 24, 1926 Taisho 15 12 24 December 25, 1926 Showa Gan 1 12 25 December 31, 1926 Showa Gan 1 12 31 January 1, 1927 Showa 2 1 1 One of our more observant members has pointed out that there are no known prints by Kawase Hasui dated as Showa Gan-nen. This law is currently not extended to his son or future successors to the throne. Not let's look at chicken.