8/04/2012

DECEMBER calendar

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December - juunigatsu 十二月 






.................... 01 .................................................................................

. Year End Sales and Markets begin ichi 年の市 .

. World AIDS Day .

boosai yoohin tenken no hi 防災用品点検の日
day of general checkups for disaster goods
advocated by disaster and catastrophy adviser 山村武彦 Yamamura Takehiko.
Not only on the Day of the Great Kanto Earthquake (September 01), but four times a year, including the first day of March and June.

chakushin merodi no hi着信メロディの日
day of the ringing tone melody (for telephones)
On this day in 1999 the first melody for telephones was introduced in the world by 株式会社フェイス (Faith fo Face).

deeta sentaa no hi データセンターの日 day of the data center
created by データセンター運営会社, softbank ソフトバンクIDC.
goroawase. The initials of DataCenter look like "DeCember".

dejitaru hoosoo no hi デジタル放送の日 day of digital broadcasting
created in 2006 by デジタル放送推進協会.

eiga no hi 映画の日 day of the cinema
created in 1896. In Kobe, the first movie was played in a public place.
At that time a キネトスコープ Kinetoscope invented by Edison was used.

fuyu no shoo ene sootenken no hi 冬の省エネ総点検の日
day of general checkups for winter energy saving
created in 1980 by 資源エネルギー庁 Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.
Every month on the 1st is 省エネの日 Day of Energy Saving.

inochi no hi いのちの日 day of life
created in 2001 by 厚生労働省 Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
To protect the life of workers.

kairo no hi カイロの日 day of disposable warmers
created in 1991. When it gets colder, people use the small heating patches to keep the body warm. hokkairo ホッカイロ 

techoo no hi 手帳の日 day of the pocket notebook
created by 日本能率協会マネジメントセンター, which invented the
nooritsu techoo 能率手帳 "efficient notebook" - Notizbuch

tetsu no kinenbi 鉄の記念日 day of iron
created in 1958. In 1857 in Kamaishi (Iwate) the history of modern iron processing started at 釜石高炉, now 新日鉄釜石製鉄所.


.................... 02 .................................................................................

anzen kamisori no hi 安全カミソリの日
day of a safe razor
In 1901 the American King C. Gillette ( ジレット) introduced the first safety razor with exchangeable blade 替え刃式の安全カミソリ.

genshiro no hi 原子炉の日 day of the nuclear reactor
In 1942 on this day, the first small nuclear reactor (Chicago Pile-1 (CP-1) was introduced in America at Chicago University under the supervision of Enrico Fermi.

Nihon Aruzenchin shuukoo kinenbi 日本アルゼンチン修好記念日
day of friendship relations between Japan and Argentina
Since 1898


.................... 03 .................................................................................

. World Handicap Day, Black Day for the Blind .


. Day of Saint Xavier 聖ザビエルの日 .
Saint Francis Xavier

hittsumi no hi ひっつみの日
day of vegetable soup with handcut noodles, Iwate
goroawase.  hi tsu mi 「ひっ(1)つ(2)み(3)」

karendaa no hi カレンダーの日 day of the calendar
created in 1872. On this day, the new Gregorian calendar was introduced.
The day 1872(明治5)年12月3日 became 1873(明治6)年1月1日.

kijutsu no hi 奇術の日 day of magicians
created in 1990
goroawase - 1(ワン)2(ツー)3(スリー)
look closely ! One Two Three -

kojin takushii no hi 個人タクシーの日
Privately Owned Taxi Day
created in 1959

koodores denwa no hi コードレス電話の日
day of the cordless telephone
created in 1979. The first service of this kind was introduced to all 23 wards in Tokyo.

mikan no hi みかんの日 day of the mikan fruit
also on November 3. goroawase with 3 mi.

pureisuteeshon no hi プレイステーションの日 day of playstation
created in 1994, on the first day of selling playstation

puremama no hi プレママの日 day of "pre-mama" pregnant women
goroawase. 「いいにんぷさん」ii nin pu san

tsuma no hi 妻の日 day of the wife
created in 1995 by 凸版印刷.
goroawase. bening thankful 3 san .. Thanks
on the last 03 day of the year, giving thanks to one's wife


.................... 04 .................................................................................

ii tii no hi E.T.の日 day of E.T. (movie)
created in 1982. First performance of ET in Japan.

hashoofuu kessei ryoohoo no hi 破傷風血清療法の日
day of tetanus anti-serum
In 1890. see Emil Behring エミール・ベーリング


.................... 05 .................................................................................


bamyuuda toraianguru no hi バミューダ・トライアングルの日
day of the Bermuda triangle
created in 1945. 魔の三角海域


.................... 06 .................................................................................

. Santa Claus Day サンタクロース.
St. Nicholas Day. Father Christmas Day

imoto no hi 姉の日 day of the younger sister
created in 1992 by the manga painter Hatada Kunio 畑田国男 (1944 - 1996).
according to a legend about Saint Nicolaus and the three sisters.

oto ni hi 音の日 day of sound
created in 1994 by 日本オーディオ協会.
in 1877, Edison invented the gramophone.

rajioaisotoopu no hiラジオアイソトープの日

shinfonii kinenbi シンフォニー記念日 day of the symphony
In 1914, fists performance of the symphony
Kachidoki to heiwa かちどきと平和 "Triumph and Peace"
by 山田耕筰 Yamada Kosaku (1886 - 1965)



.................... 07 .................................................................................

. taisetsu 大雪 "Big snow" .
one of the 24 solar sections 二十四節気

. Day of the Christmas Tree クリスマスツリーの日 .
since 1866

Kobe Kaiko Kinenbi 神戸開港記念日 Memorial Day of Kobe Port
in 1867 the port was opened to foreighn ships (lunar calendar (慶応3)年12月7日).
Now it would be the first of January.


.................... 08 .................................................................................

. Rohatsu Zen Meeting 臘八会 .
the day of the Buddha's enlightenment

. Needle ceremony 針供養 hari kuyoo .

. Day of the Immaculate Conception 聖胎節 .
Virgin Mary

. Last Ceremony for Yakushi Nyorai 納薬師.
and more last ceremonies for Buddhist deities

haburashi no kokanbi 歯ブラシの交換日 Day for a New Toothbrush
every month on the 8th. Since 1997, created by Sunstar company サンスター.
Old things should be exchanged for new ones for the New Year.

renon dii レノンズデー Day of John Lennon
He was shot to death on this day in 1980. ジョン・レノン


.................... 09 .................................................................................

. Memorial Day for Natsume Soseki 夏目漱石 .

kokusai fuhai booshi dii 国際腐敗防止デー
International Day against Corruption
created in 2003

shoogaisha no hi 障害者の日 day of the handicapped
created in 1981 by 厚生省


.................... 10 .................................................................................

aroe yoogurto no hi アロエヨーグルトの日
day of Aloe yoghur
created in 1994 by the Morinaga company 森永乳業. They sold this for the first time.

sekai jinken dii 世界人権デー day of international Human Rights
since 1950


.................... 11 .................................................................................

. hyakuendama no hi百円玉の日 day of the 100 yen coin .
created in 1957

ichoo no hi 胃腸の日 day of stomach and intestines
goroawase. 「いに(12)いい(11)」 i ni ii (i ni yoi 胃に良い)
created in 2002

kokusai yama no hi 国際山岳デー(国際山の日)International Mountain Day
since 2003

UNICEF ユニセフ創立記念日 UNICEF Creation Day
United Nations Children's Fund
- - - More in the WIKIPEDIA !



.................... 12 .................................................................................

. Jamhuri Day, Republic Day - Kenya .

batterii no hi バッテリーの日 day of the battery
created in 1991.
In 1985, カーバッテリーの日 the day of the car battery had been created and then replaced.

dazun roozu dii ダズンローズデー Dozen Rose Day
created by 桂由美 and 内田和子 for the brides. 12 roses to show your love.

kanji no hi 漢字の日 day of the Kanji characters
created in 1955 by 日本漢字能力検定協会
goroawase. ii ji ichi ji 「1(いい)2(じ)1(いち)2(じ)」=「いい字1字」



.................... 13 .................................................................................

. Geminid Meteor Shower .

bitamin no hi ビタミンの日 day of vitamins
created in 2000. In 1910 professor 鈴木梅太郎 Suzuki Umetaro has started to promote vitamins to prevent beriberi (vitamin B deficit). He called his pills Orizanin オリザニン.
Oryzanin (brand-name vitamin B1; extracted from rice)

biyoshitsu no hi 美容室の日 day of the beauty parlor (haircut)
created by 正宗卓 in 2003. Many ladies visit a beauty parlor in December.
If 1 and 3 are written close together, it looks like the letter B for Beauty.

futago no hi 双子の日 day of twins
created in 1874. It was decided that the child first born before one, two or more siblings was to be the first-born.


.................... 14 .................................................................................

. Festival of the 47 Ronin 忠臣蔵  Chushingura .
赤穂浪士討ち入りの日

Nankyoku no hi 南極の日 day of the South Pole
In 1911 on this day four people with Roald Amundsen (1872 - 1928) reached the South Pole.



.................... 15 .................................................................................

. Munakata Shrine Festival 宗像祭 .

kanko basu no hi 観光バス記念日 day of the tourist bus
created in 1925. The 東京遊覧自動車会 started on this day.


.................... 16 .................................................................................

. Memorial Day for Priest Roben 良弁僧正.
Founder of Temple Todai-Ji 東大寺, Nara

denwa soogyoo no hi 電話創業の日
day of the establishment of the telehone service
in Tokyo and Yokohama, in 1890. 155 telephones in Tokyo, 42 in Yokohama.

kami no kinenbi 紙の記念日 day of paper
created in 1987 by a paper company in Hachioji, Tokyo 抄紙会社.

nenbutsu no kuchidome 念仏の口止め "no more nenbutsu prayers"
Since the deity of the New Year (Toshigamisama 年神様) does not like this prayer, it is now forbidden to utter it until January 16.
- see "Deity of the Year" toshitokujin 歳德神 in the WKD


.................... 17 .................................................................................

raito kyoodai no hi ライト兄弟の日 day of the Wright Brothers
(Wilbur and Orville Wright.
In 1903 they made the first flight in America.


.................... 18 .................................................................................

. Eating Rice Gruel Ceremony 十八粥 .
Memorial day for Chisha Daishi 智者大師忌

kokuren kamei kinenbi 国連加盟記念日 Day of the United Nations
Established in 1945, the UN-section of Japan started work on this day in 1956.

osame no kannon 納めの観音 last ritual for Kannon Bosatsu

Tookyoo eki no hi 東京駅の日 day of Tokyo Station
established in 1914.


.................... 19 .................................................................................

nihon hatsu hikoo no hi 日本初飛行の日
day of the first flight in Japan
created in 1910. The first pilot was 徳川好敏工兵大尉, starting his flight in Yoyogi Park, flying for 4 minutes, hight of 70 meters and covering 3000 meters during his flight.


.................... 20 .................................................................................


. buri no hi 鰤の日 day of the yellowtail .


depaato kaigyoo no hi デパート開業の日 day of the department store
created in 1904. Mitsukoshi Store at Nihonbashi Tokyo opened 三越呉服店.
. Echigoya 越後屋 and Mitsui 三井 .

hate no hatsuka 果ての二十日 the final day 20
An evil day, to avoid angering the Kami of the Mountains, people should not enter a mountain.

muteki kinenbi 霧笛記念日day of the ships's fog horn (whistle)
Nebelhorn
created in 1879.The first lighthouse in Aomori, Tsugaru straight at 尻屋崎灯台, used it.

shiirakasu no hi シーラカンスの日 day of the Coelacanth fish
created in 1938
- see wikipedia


.................... 21 .................................................................................

. Last Ceremony for Kobo Daishi Kukai 納めの大師 .

enkyori renai no hi 遠距離恋愛の日 day of long-distance relationships
Two lovers could meet before Christmas to reconfirm their love.
goroawase. 1221 - 1 lonely person at each end of the date, 22 : the two have met in the middle

kurossu waado no hi クロスワードの日 day of the crossword puzzle
in 1913 the first had been printed in the New York World.
in 1924 the first book with crossword puzzles has been published.


.................... 21/22 .................................................................................

. tooji 冬至 winter solstice .
one of the 24 solar sections 二十四節気


.................... 22 .................................................................................

roodoo kumiaihoo seitei kinenbi 労働組合法制定記念日
day of the Labor Union Law establishment
created in 1945.

.................... 23 .................................................................................

. Emperor's Birthday 天皇誕生日 .
Emperor Akihito was born on this day in 1933.

terehon kaado no hi テレホンカードの日
day of the telephone card
created in 1982, when people still used public telephones and the handy/smartphones had not been invented . . .

tookyoo tawaa kansei no hi 東京タワー完成の日
day of completion of the Tokyo Tower
in 1958.

.................... 24 .................................................................................

. kurisumasu ibu クリスマスイブ Christmas eve .
seiya 聖夜(せいや)Holy Night

osame no Jizoo 納めの地蔵 last rituals for Jizo Bosatsu


.................... 25,26 ...............................................................................

. kurisumasu クリスマス Christmas .


.................... 25 .................................................................................

. Memorial Day for Yosa Buson 与謝蕪村 .
Shunsei Ki 春星忌

shoowa no hi 昭和の日 Showa Day
(now April 29)

shimai tenjin 終い天神 last Tenjin rituals

sukeeto no hi スケートの日 day of ice skates
created in 1982.


.................... 26 ...............................................................................

puro yakyuu tanjo no hi プロ野球誕生の日
day of professional baseball
Since 1934. 大日本東京野球倶楽部

bokushingu dii ボクシングデー Boxing Day
(public holiday in the UK, Aus., Canada, etc.)


.................... 27 ...............................................................................

. Day of Saint John 聖ヨハネの日 .
John the Apostle

asakusa nakamise kinenbi 浅草仲見世記念日
day of the Nakamise Shopping Street in Asakusa/Tokyo
created in 1885 with 139 shops. Rebuilt after the 1923 earthquake.

piitaa pan no hi ピーターパンの日 day of Peter Pan
in 1904 the first performance of Peter Pan took place in London.


.................... 28 ...............................................................................

. Last Ceremony for Fudo Myo-O 納不動 .

diskujokkii no hi ディスクジョッキーの日
day of the Disc Jockey

shinematogurafu no hi シネマトグラフの日
day of the cinematograph
in 1895. First performance in Paris.


.................... 29 ...............................................................................

shanson no hi シャンソンの日 day of the chanson
created in 1990

国際生物多様性の日
International Day for Biological Diversity

清水トンネル貫通記念日
Shimizu Tunnel penetration memorial day
in 1929


.................... 30 ...............................................................................

chikatetsu kinenbi 地下鉄記念日 day of the underground train
in 1927. The first underground from Ueno to Asakusa opened.

shoogatsu kazari no hi 正月飾りの日 day of the New Year decoration



.................... 31 ...............................................................................

. Last Day of the Year (oomisoka 大晦日) .
striking the temple bell 除夜の鐘 joya no kane
and more rituals in Japan

. Shrine visit at the last night 除夜詣 .

. toshikoshi soba 年越し蕎麦
buckwheat noodles to cross over into the New Year .

Silvester-Buchweizennudeln

. Ooji no kitsunebi 王子の狐火 "fox fire" at Oji Inari Shrine .

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. December, Month of Kagura Dance 神楽月 .


. WKD : December - a Haiku Month .


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. WKD : World Days in December .

. Ceremonies, festivals, rituals - December .

. Memorial Days of Famous People - December .



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For the worldwide approach to kigo,
we must differentiate between the "Haiku Season" and the natural phenomenon and human activites occuring at a certain season at a certain place.

To complicate our endeavor, we also have to deal with the Asian Lunar Calendar and the 24 seasons (periods), which were applied in Japan before the introduction of the Western Calendar, when kigo were already used in Japanese poetry.

Study the details here, please:


. The Japanese Haiku Calendar.


. Seasons beginning .

. Seasons ending .


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. WKD : the complete SAIJIKI list .


. WKD Kigo Calendar - the 12 Months .
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- reference : hukumusume.com/366

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. goroawase 語呂合わせ wordplay with numbers .




. Japanese Calendar Days .

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