Japanese Days of the Week [22/365]

A Simple Japanese Calendar

Monday.

The weekend is over and it is the start of a new week.

“Boo!” or “Yay!” depending on how strongly you are feeling “a case of the Mondays”!

In English our days are named after specific things. Monday is “moon” day, Sunday is “sun” day, with most of the others being named after Gods (e.g. Thursday – “Thor’s” day.)

In Japanese the days also have names more creative than just “1-day”, “2-day”, “3-day”, etc.

日曜日 (にちようび)
“nichiyōbi”
Sunday

月曜日 (げつようび)
getsuyōbi”
Monday

火曜日 (かようび)
kayōbi”
Tuesday

水曜日 (すいようび)
suiyōbi”
Wednesday

木曜日 (もくようび)
mokuyōbi”
Thursday

 金曜日 (きんようび)
“kinyōbi”
Friday

土曜日 (どようび)
“doyōbi”
Saturday

I am going to be rather cheeky today and not say what the Japanese days are named after. I will reveal it tomorrow. But please look carefully at the symbols. Perhaps you can guess some of them? Perhaps you already know some of the words? Perhaps even one or two of them are named after the same things as in English? 🤔

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