神無月

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Japanese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

(かみ, kami), "god" + (な, na), meaningless 当て字 (ateji) + (つき, tsuki), "month"

In the folk etymology, Japanese gods were said to assemble at the Grand shrine of Izumo (出雲大社, Izumo Taisha) in the tenth month of the lunar calendar, leaving no gods in the rest of Japan.

Noun[edit]

神無月 (hiragana かんなづき, romaji kannazuki)
神無月 (hiragana かみなづき, romaji kaminazuki)
神無月 (hiragana かむなづき, romaji kamunazuki)

  1. (archaic) the tenth month of the lunar calendar
  2. (poetic) October

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