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Japanese Lunar Year, Heisei 16-17 (2004-05)
January 2004 - February 2005


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Japanese Lunar Calendar (with solar terms)

The Gregorian Calendar has been in official use in Japan since 1873 CE, and most festivals and all secular holidays now follow it, but the Japanese Lunar Calendar continues to be published, and determines the date of some festivals, especially the Moon-viewing festival of Jugoya or Tsukimi. Since 1798 CE, astronomical predictions have been used to determine the date of the new month: these now begin with the day of the dark moon conjunction, with the day being midnight to midnight, Tokyo Time (UT+9 hours). The calendar is thus very similar to its ancestor, the Chinese Lunar Calendar, and differs from it only when the hour difference between Beijing and Tokyo matters. The tropical zodiac, related to the equinoxes and solstices, is used. However, as in China, the zodiac is split into 24 solar terms, each of fifteen degrees, with alternating major and minor terms. The major terms correspond to the start of a western sunsign, and the minor ones are 15° through each sign. The terms are dated as the Tokyo Time day on which they fall.

There are twelve numbered months with 29 or 30 days. The month containing Touji, the northern winter solstice solar term day, is always the eleventh month; every two or three years an extra month is added so that this continues to be the case. If an extra month is needed to keep the following Touji in the eleventh month, at least one month between the Touji days will not contain a major solar term day: the first of these months is made the extra one. It takes on the number of the month before: so that for instance it might be the second fifth month.

The years of the emperor’s reign are shown, preceded by the era name. Year one of a new era starts at the beginning of a new reign, backdated to 1 January.

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1st Lunar Month
22 January - 19 February 2004

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Thu22 Jan  16Fri06 Feb  
02Fri23 Jan  17Sat07 Feb  
03Sat24 Jan  18Sun08 Feb  
04Sun25 Jan  19Mon09 Feb  
05Mon26 Jan  20Tue10 Feb  
06Tue27 Jan  21Wed11 Feb Kenkoku-kinenbi: National Foundation Day
07Wed28 Jan  22Thu12 Feb  
08Thu29 Jan  23Fri13 Feb  
09Fri30 Jan  24Sat14 Feb  
10Sat31 Jan  25Sun15 Feb Mahaparinirvana
11Sun01 Feb  26Mon16 Feb  
12Mon02 Feb  27Tue17 Feb  
13Tue03 Feb Setsubun: Bean-throwing Festival28Wed18 Feb  
14Wed04 FebRisShunRisshun: Rise of Spring29Thu19 FebAmaMizu 
15Thu05 Feb       

 

2nd Lunar Month
20 February - 20 March 2004

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Fri20 Feb  16Sat06 Mar  
02Sat21 Feb  17Sun07 Mar  
03Sun22 Feb  18Mon08 Mar  
04Mon23 Feb  19Tue09 Mar  
05Tue24 Feb  20Wed10 Mar  
06Wed25 Feb  21Thu11 Mar  
07Thu26 Feb  22Fri12 Mar  
08Fri27 Feb  23Sat13 Mar  
09Sat28 Feb  24Sun14 Mar  
10Sun29 Feb  25Mon15 Mar  
11Mon01 Mar  26Tue16 Mar  
12Tue02 Mar  27Wed17 Mar  
13Wed03 Mar Hinamatsuri: Dolls Festival28Thu18 Mar  
14Thu04 Mar  29Fri19 Mar  
15Fri05 MarKeiChitsu 30Sat20 MarShunBunShunbun no Hi: Spring Equinox

 

Extra 3rd Lunar Month
21 March - 18 April 2004

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Sun21 Mar  16Mon05 Apr  
02Mon22 Mar  17Tue06 Apr  
03Tue23 Mar  18Wed07 Apr  
04Wed24 Mar  19Thu08 Apr Hanamatsuri / Kambutsu-e: Flower Festival / Buddha’s Birthday
05Thu25 Mar  20Fri09 Apr  
06Fri26 Mar  21Sat10 Apr  
07Sat27 Mar  22Sun11 Apr  
08Sun28 Mar  23Mon12 Apr  
09Mon29 Mar  24Tue13 Apr  
10Tue30 Mar  25Wed14 Apr  
11Wed31 Mar  26Thu15 Apr  
12Thu01 Apr  27Fri16 Apr  
13Fri02 Apr  28Sat17 Apr  
14Sat03 Apr  29Sun18 Apr  
15Sun04 AprSeiMyou      

 

4th Lunar Month
19 April - 18 May 2004

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Mon19 Apr  16Tue04 May Kokumin no Kyujitsu: Holiday for a Nation
02Tue20 AprKoKuu 17Wed05 MayRikKaKodomo no Hi: Children’s Day
03Wed21 Apr  18Thu06 May  
04Thu22 Apr  19Fri07 May  
05Fri23 Apr  20Sat08 May  
06Sat24 Apr  21Sun09 May  
07Sun25 Apr  22Mon10 May  
08Mon26 Apr  23Tue11 May  
09Tue27 Apr  24Wed12 May  
10Wed28 Apr  25Thu13 May  
11Thu29 Apr Midori no Hi: Greenery Day, start of Golden Week26Fri14 May  
12Fri30 Apr  27Sat15 May  
13Sat01 May  28Sun16 May  
14Sun02 May  29Mon17 May  
15Mon03 May Kenpo Kinenbi: Constitution Memorial Day30Tue18 May  

 

5th Lunar Month
19 May - 17 June 2004

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Wed19 May  16Thu03 Jun  
02Thu20 May  17Fri04 Jun  
03Fri21 MayKoMitsu 18Sat05 JunBouShu 
04Sat22 May  19Sun06 Jun  
05Sun23 May  20Mon07 Jun  
06Mon24 May  21Tue08 Jun  
07Tue25 May  22Wed09 Jun  
08Wed26 May  23Thu10 Jun  
09Thu27 May  24Fri11 Jun  
10Fri28 May  25Sat12 Jun  
11Sat29 May  26Sun13 Jun  
12Sun30 May  27Mon14 Jun  
13Mon31 May  28Tue15 Jun  
14Tue01 Jun  29Wed16 Jun  
15Wed02 Jun  30Thu17 Jun  

 

6th Lunar Month
18 June - 16 July 2004

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Fri18 Jun  16Sat03 Jul  
02Sat19 Jun  17Sun04 Jul  
03Sun20 Jun  18Mon05 Jul  
04Mon21 JunGeShi 19Tue06 Jul  
05Tue22 Jun  20Wed07 JulShouShoTanabata: Star Festival
06Wed23 Jun  21Thu08 Jul  
07Thu24 Jun  22Fri09 Jul  
08Fri25 Jun  23Sat10 Jul  
09Sat26 Jun  24Sun11 Jul  
10Sun27 Jun  25Mon12 Jul  
11Mon28 Jun  26Tue13 Jul  
12Tue29 Jun  27Wed14 Jul O-bon: Festival of Souls
13Wed30 Jun  28Thu15 Jul  
14Thu01 Jul  29Fri16 Jul  
15Fri02 Jul       

 

7th Lunar Month
17 July - 15 August 2004

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Sat17 Jul  16Sun01 Aug  
02Sun18 Jul  17Mon02 Aug  
03Mon19 Jul  18Tue03 Aug  
04Tue20 Jul Umi no Hi: Marine Day19Wed04 Aug  
05Wed21 Jul  20Thu05 Aug  
06Thu22 JulDaisho 21Fri06 Aug  
07Fri23 Jul  22Sat07 AugRisShuu 
08Sat24 Jul  23Sun08 Aug  
09Sun25 Jul  24Mon09 Aug  
10Mon26 Jul  25Tue10 Aug  
11Tue27 Jul  26Wed11 Aug  
12Wed28 Jul  27Thu12 Aug  
13Thu29 Jul  28Fri13 Aug  
14Fri30 Jul  29Sat14 Aug  
15Sat31 Jul  30Sun15 Aug  

 

8th Lunar Month
16 August - 13 September 2004

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Mon16 Aug  16Tue31 Aug Nihyaku Tohka: 210th Day from Risshun
02Tue17 Aug  17Wed01 Sep  
03Wed18 Aug  18Thu02 Sep  
04Thu19 Aug  19Fri03 Sep  
05Fri20 Aug  20Sat04 Sep  
06Sat21 Aug  21Sun05 Sep  
07Sun22 Aug  22Mon06 Sep  
08Mon23 AugShoSho 23Tue07 SepHakuRo 
09Tue24 Aug  24Wed08 Sep  
10Wed25 Aug  25Thu09 Sep Kiku no Sekku: Chrysanthemum Day
11Thu26 Aug  26Fri10 Sep  
12Fri27 Aug  27Sat11 Sep  
13Sat28 Aug  28Sun12 Sep  
14Sun29 Aug  29Mon13 Sep  
15Mon30 Aug       

 

9th Lunar Month
14 September - 13 October 2004

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Tue14 Sep  16Wed29 Sep  
02Wed15 Sep Keiro no Hi: Respect for the Aged Day17Thu30 Sep  
03Thu16 Sep  18Fri01 Oct  
04Fri17 Sep  19Sat02 Oct  
05Sat18 Sep  20Sun03 Oct  
06Sun19 Sep  21Mon04 Oct  
07Mon20 Sep  22Tue05 Oct  
08Tue21 Sep  23Wed06 Oct  
09Wed22 Sep  24Thu07 Oct  
10Thu23 SepShuuBunShubun no Hi: Autumn Equinox25Fri08 OctKanRo 
11Fri24 Sep  26Sat09 Oct  
12Sat25 Sep  27Sun10 Oct  
13Sun26 Sep  28Mon11 Oct Taiiku no Hi: Sports Day
14Mon27 Sep  29Tue12 Oct  
15Tue28 Sep Jugoya / Tsukimi: Moon-viewing Festival30Wed13 Oct  

 

10th Lunar Month
14 October - 11 November 2004

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Thu14 Oct  16Fri29 Oct  
02Fri15 Oct  17Sat30 Oct  
03Sat16 Oct  18Sun31 Oct  
04Sun17 Oct  19Mon01 Nov  
05Mon18 Oct  20Tue02 Nov  
06Tue19 Oct  21Wed03 Nov Bunka no Hi: Culture Day
07Wed20 Oct  22Thu04 Nov  
08Thu21 Oct  23Fri05 Nov  
09Fri22 Oct  24Sat06 Nov  
10Sat23 OctShimoOri 25Sun07 NovRiTou 
11Sun24 Oct  26Mon08 Nov  
12Mon25 Oct  27Tue09 Nov  
13Tue26 Oct  28Wed10 Nov  
14Wed27 Oct  29Thu11 Nov  
15Thu28 Oct       

 

11th Lunar Month
12 November - 11 December 2004

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Fri12 Nov  16Sat27 Nov  
02Sat13 Nov  17Sun28 Nov  
03Sun14 Nov  18Mon29 Nov  
04Mon15 Nov Shichi-go-san: Seven-Five-Three19Tue30 Nov  
05Tue16 Nov  20Wed01 Dec  
06Wed17 Nov  21Thu02 Dec  
07Thu18 Nov  22Fri03 Dec  
08Fri19 Nov  23Sat04 Dec  
09Sat20 Nov  24Sun05 Dec  
10Sun21 Nov  25Mon06 Dec  
11Mon22 NovShouSetsu 26Tue07 DecTaiSetsu 
12Tue23 Nov Kinro Kansha no Hi: Labour Thanksgiving Day27Wed08 Dec  
13Wed24 Nov  28Thu09 Dec  
14Thu25 Nov  29Fri10 Dec  
15Fri26 Nov  30Sat11 Dec  

 

12th Lunar Month
12 December 2004 - 09 January 2005

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Sun12 Dec  16Mon27 Dec  
02Mon13 Dec  17Tue28 Dec  
03Tue14 Dec  18Wed29 Dec  
04Wed15 Dec  19Thu30 Dec  
05Thu16 Dec  20Fri31 Dec O Misoka: New Year’s Eve
06Fri17 Dec  21Sat01 Jan Gannjitsu: New Year’s Day
07Sat18 Dec  22Sun02 Jan New Year Holiday
08Sun19 Dec  23Mon03 Jan New Year Holiday
09Mon20 Dec  24Tue04 Jan  
10Tue21 DecTouji 25Wed05 JanShouKan 
11Wed22 Dec  26Thu06 Jan  
12Thu23 Dec Tennou Tanjobi: Emperor’s Birthday27Fri07 Jan  
13Fri24 Dec  28Sat08 Jan  
14Sat25 Dec  29Sun09 Jan  
15Sun26 Dec       

 

13th Lunar Month
10 January - 08 February 2005

lunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidayslunar daywkdayGregoriansolar termfestivals and holidays
01Mon10 Jan Seijin no Hi: Coming of Age Day16Tue25 Jan  
02Tue11 Jan  17Wed26 Jan  
03Wed12 Jan  18Thu27 Jan  
04Thu13 Jan  19Fri28 Jan  
05Fri14 Jan  20Sat29 Jan  
06Sat15 Jan  21Sun30 Jan  
07Sun16 Jan  22Mon31 Jan  
08Mon17 Jan  23Tue01 Feb  
09Tue18 Jan  24Wed02 Feb  
10Wed19 Jan  25Thu03 Feb Setsubun: Bean-throwing Festival
11Thu20 JanTaiKan 26Fri04 FebRisShunRisshun: Rise of Spring
12Fri21 Jan  27Sat05 Feb  
13Sat22 Jan  28Sun06 Feb  
14Sun23 Jan  29Mon07 Feb  
15Mon24 Jan  30Tue08 Feb  

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updated 12th Lunar Month / January 2004