The Month of Water

June starts today. I’d better get my arse in gear.

“水無月” is the olden name for June in Japan. The first letter is “water”, the second “no” and the third “month” (“moon”). But “水無月” doesn’t mean “month of no water”. The “no” letter is actually the possessive – “of”. So the real meaning is “month of water”, which makes sense since June is the month a stationary front sits over Japan and deposits rain regularly on much of the country.

I have no interest in the history of Japan, nor this kind of linguistic titbit. Not much interest in the weather either. But “水無月” is interesting as a theme.

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